In this article, I will tell you what I like and what I do not like about the Hoyalux ID Myself progressive lenses from Hoya. Like every time I review progressive lenses I start out with the exact configuration of the lenses I tested.
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This configuration is very common. The 1.6 is the most sold lens material and usually, if you are over 50 years old you will need an Add value around 2D. The Add value influences the width of your clear field of view heavily.
So with a lower Add value, you will get a bigger field of view. With an Add value higher than 2D you will get a smaller field of view. When you decided to buy the Hoyalux ID Myself progressive lenses there are even more things that also influence your field of view. Therefore the optician asks you several questions that are given from the software from Hoya.
You will get asked some questions about your lifestyle. This way Hoya can match the progressive lens design to your needs. As different activities require different distances the areas of your lenses will be optimized for you and those activities.
In a lot of cases, this means a change of length in the progressive lens design will be made to match your needs. Generally speaking a longer progressive lens design will give you a wider field of view but it requires you to perform more eye movements down to be able to read.
In comparison, a shorter progressive lens design will give you a smaller field of view but you do not need to look down as much to be able to read. Especially the area for the mid-distance is influenced this way. This means the Hoyalux ID My style will not produce the same visual experience for two different people because they will set the focus on different activities that might be important while wearing the glasses.
So think about where you want to use the Hoyalux ID Myself? It is not only about your lifestyle. Hoya also optimizes the lenses also with the information about your old progressives.
Did you like your old progressives old or not? With the old progressive lens model in mind, Hoya matches the new lens design to achieve a similar visual experience as your old progressives. Of course, depending on if you liked them or not.
This especially influences the lens design in a way that makes it softer or harder. With a harder design your Hoyalux ID Myself will produce a wider clear field of view. But as you perform eye movements while reading and leave the clear field blurriness will be noticeably higher.
With a softer lens design, blurriness will be reduced in the periphery. The width of your clear field of view is a bit smaller. Usually, a softer lens design has more acceptance.
For this review of the Hoya progressive lenses I wanted to make it visible for you how wide the clear field of view is for me. Down below you can see a picture of an iPhone 11 Pro Max in landscape mode.
You can clearly see the limitations of the Hoyalux ID Myself. I marked the area with red dashed lines to make it clear to you where the blurriness starts. I also tried to match the intensity of the blurriness to the way I see it.
This result by the way is extremely similar to other high-end progressive lenses. Everything I review here is also quite similar to the Seiko Brilliance progressive lenses I reviewed before. In the next few days, I plan to really compare progressive lenses side by side but for now, I think my Hoyalux ID Myself had a little less clear field of view compared to the Seiko Brilliance lenses.
What I Did Not Like About the Hoyalux ID Myself
During my review when I was outside I noticed color fringes. They are just very minimal but I had similar effects with the Varilux X and the Zeiss Individual 2 progressive lenses.
Basically, this means depending on the distance I have to some object I see a minimal yellow or blue glow around the object I’m am looking at. Those are chromatic aberrations and I described them in detail here.
In most cases, I can see these glowing effects if I am outside and it is very sunny. In a sunny environment looking at a shadow, I usually see a little colorful glow. In twilight or at night I do not have this problem.
And this effect is totally not there with other progressive lenses. As someone who really likes to spend time outside this is a little annoying. I could live with this if I did not new there were other options that do not produce this effect.
Here in the pictures above, I tried to make this effect visible to you. Frankly spoken I had a few customers reporting this issue too. Not only with Hoya lenses. Like I said other brands have this issue too.
I just never knew so many progressive lenses have this problem on the market.
With the reading area I did not get the same relaxed feeling compared to other progressives like the Seiko Brilliance.
What I Did Like
The coating HVL is really great in terms of reducing reflections and durability. In my opinion, it is definitely one of the best when it comes to accumulating as few little scratches over time as possible with plastic lenses.
With this coating your lenses will just look less worn out after several years compared to other brands.
The anti reflective coating has the dark green color which I practically never noticed wearing the lenses. In short the coating is just on point.
I also had an easy time walking with those lenses with barely to no swim effects. This means when I moved around turned my head from left to right I just had no stress with those progressive lenses.
Whom Do I Recommend These Progressive Lenses?
I have a few customers that had a hard time with other major manufacturers of progressive lenses and switching to Hoya was the solution for them.
In a lot of cases if you need a different lens power for your left and right eye Hoya has the ability to manufacture progressive lenses like no other brand.
I described this technology in-depth in my comparison between Hoya’s progressive lenses in their portfolio. Here is the link to the article.
So in a lot of cases, I can recommend those lenses.
Even after so many reviews and so many years as an optician, I am sometimes surprised about effects like the color fringes I described. One way to address this issue is to switch the material and sometimes the coating. For most people, the chromatic aberration I described will not be noticeable.
I wish you a great day.