The precision of optical calculation

Nikon optical lenses are calculated as closely as possible to the requirement of each wearer, to offer you perfect visual precision.

Nikon Optical Design Engine – a revolutionary perspective

Nikon Optical Design Engine is an extremely powerful calculator that allows each design to be mapped out at the submicron scale by using infinite calculation loops. We use the exact same engine when elaborating optical surfaces for our Advanced Technologies sector.

The mechanics

  • When your eye care professional orders a lens, your personal parameters are sent to Nikon’s lens manufacturing laboratory in your country and then transmitted to Nikon in Japan.
  • Nikon Optical Design Engine calculates the ideal lens surface according to each wearer’s prescription and individual parameters.
  • Once the optimal design has been calculated, the data is sent back to the local lab which is in charge of the final manufacturing.
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Step 1 : Eye examination

Step 2 : Data sent to Japan

Step 3 : Calculation of the ideal lens

Step 4 : Manufacturing of the lens

Step 5 : Quality check & delivery

Nikon prescription lenses are manufactured one at a time for a truly custom-made result.

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They are calculated by rigorously using the measurements and information sent by your eye care professional to us. But the customization does not stop there – did you know that lenses can be customized to fit your favourite frame and even your lifestyle?

The frame you chose determines how the lenses will be positioned in front of your eyes. This ultimately plays an important role in your lenses’ performance and visual perception. Hence why advanced Nikon lenses take into account the shape and fitting parameters of your frame.

Different lifestyles call for different lenses.

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Your eye care professional will ask you about your work and hobbies to better determine the parameters that will allow Nikon to create lenses that fit your needs.

How does it work?


Located in Japan, the Nikon Optical Design Engine receives these 12 parameters from eye care professionals all over the world to program the manufacturing of each lens.
These parameters are used to calculate and optimize the optical formula of a lens surface. As a result, each and every wearer who chose Nikon for their eyeglasses receives lenses tailored to their specific needs, ultimately offering the best vision possible.