Answers to your “Ask ZEISS” questions!

Two weeks ago, we invited you to “Ask ZEISS” any question that was on your mind—and boy, you sure did. We got a lot of great questions! Some were from eye care professionals like you, others were from patients.

Here are a selection of answers that we thought worth sharing.

Q: ZEISS Digital with the DriveSafe coating! When will this available?
A: ZEISS DuraVision DriveSafe AR is only available with a ZEISS DriveSafe lens design, as this combination was developed and tested specifically to create this solution. Because of this bundle, we will not be releasing the ZEISS DuraVision DriveSafe AR for use on other lens designs.

Q: Are your coatings as slippery as Crizal?
A: ZEISS coatings offer outstanding super-hydrophobic properties to give it that nice slick feel when cleaning the lenses. What sets ZEISS apart is the longevity of this slick feel, as we offer longer-lasting cleanability. This is a unique claim to ZEISS as most super-hydrophobic claims are only about how the lenses work when they are first produced, not how they hold up over time.

Q: What are EnergizeMe lenses?
A: ZEISS EnergizeMe lenses are a unique composition of a new lens design, innovative technology, and blue-blocking AR, helping tired eyes to relax and preventing digital media from adding further eye strain. ZEISS EnergizeMe Design is adapted to the specific vision patterns of contact lens wearers, reducing eye strain after taking out contact lenses. ZEISS Digital Inside® Technology was developed to accommodate reading from digital devices, which requires a shorter reading distance (35 cm) and a higher position. ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect AR helps to reduce perceived digital glare and to prevent further eye strain caused by blue light.

Q: What is so different about the driving lens?
A: ZEISS DriveSafe is a lens design optimized for drivers’ visual behavior while preserving the important features of general purpose eyeglasses. ZEISS DriveSafe PAL is the only progressive lens designed for enhancing driving that can also be used for all other daily activities, such as reading, or working at the office.

Q: Do all of your lenses have an oleophobic coating?
A: All lenses with a ZEISS DuraVision AR coating have oleophobic properties.

Q: Where can I find your ZEISS Lens Wipes?
A: ZEISS Lens Wipes are carried by many eye care practices who sell ZEISS lenses, and also Walmart, Sam’s Club, and If you work at an eye care practice and would like to carry ZEISS Lens Wipes, you can order them online. Please visit and input your ZEISS Customer ID.

Q: Where can I find glasses fitted with the F1 blue lens that is good for those with photosensitive epilepsy?
A: Any eye care provider who sells ZEISS can supply these lenses (they’re actually called the Z1). This is a specialty product, and some providers may not be familiar with it. However, they can obtain more information about this lens through their ZEISS Lab customer service, or their ZEISS representative. Please allow extra time for processing. These lenses are available only in CR-39 material, and only in a single vision or flat top 28 lens design. NOTE: ZEISS does not make specific medical claims for any of our lenses or filters and filter lenses such as these are not recommended for driving.

Q: I do not see the ZEISS “Z” on my lenses. How do I know if I got real ZEISS lenses?
A: Most (but not all) ZEISS lenses have a semi-visible “Z” laser etching.  Unfortunately, the watermark may no longer be visible after lenses are edged or cut to fit into the eyeglass frame. In smaller frame styles, the engraved “Z” may be cut off during the edging process. The progressive lens styles have a distinct mark allowing the lab to distinguish the style and channel placement of the lens. Your eye care provider will be able to verify if ZEISS lenses were ordered and supplied in your frame.

Q: Question about DuraVision BlueProtect. Does it offer the same level of UV protection, anti-reflective, scratch resistance and ease of cleaning as DuraVision Platinum?

A: The scratch resistance and ease of cleaning is the same for Zeiss DuraVision Platinum and BlueProtect.  The reflectance value is very similar for both coatings; however, DuraVision Platinum is slightly better. The UV protection really comes from the lens material and not the coating, but most lens materials (like polycarbonate, trivex, and high-index) offer 100% UV protection.  CR-39 plastic does not inherently offer UV protection, but a UV filter can be added.

Q: Can I get ZEISS digital progressive lenses made in glass?
A: ZEISS digital progressive lenses are not made in glass.  They are available in CR-39, polycarbonate, trivex, and high-index materials.

Q: Do you make glass polarized prescription eye glass lenses for green sunglasses or other colors?
A: Polarized glass is only available in gray and brown. Green is not available.

Q: Are all your polycarbonate lenses UV protectant?
A: Yes, all polycarbonate lenses are 100% UV protective.

Q: I have been a longtime wearer of ZEISS Gradal RD lenses. I was told recently that they’re no longer available. Is this true? If so, what is the closest available ZEISS lens?
A: The ZEISS Gradal RD has been a great lens choice for many years. People who wore it loved being able to see up close and at room distance.  Unfortunately, the lens was discontinued and is no longer available. The ZEISS Officelens Room replaced the ZEISS Gradal RD. This is the most comparable lens and best choice for previous Gradal RD wearers.

Q: Can you use the BlueProtect coating in conjunction with a photochromic lens?
A: ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect can be used on most photochromic lenses. However, it cannot be applied to Transitions Xactive. 

Many thanks to the following ZEISS experts for their informative answers!

  • Roya Graily, Sr. Product Manager
  • Gardiner McLain, Customer Service Representative
  • Robert Spirito, Associate Director, Product Marketing