THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN CORRECTIVE OPHTHALMIC LENSES
Essilor was formed in 1971 with the amalgamation of two French companies, Essel and Silor, with the two companies dating back to 1849 and 1931 respectively, which dominated the French optical eyewear market in the mid twentieth century.
Globally, Essilor operates in around 100 countries with over 55,000 employees devoted to improving lives by improving sight.
World leaders in innovation
Essilor is world famous for the Varilux lens, the world’s first varifocal which was invented in 1959.
Essilor invests more than 150 million Euros in research and development (R&D) every year and employs 550 researchers around the world.
Essilor takes care of your sight
Essilor is the world leader in corrective ophthalmic lenses. Your vision is our mission.
Our Eye Care Professionals
We supply a large number of Eye Care Professionals. We work closely with all our Optometrists and Opticians providing not only lenses and equipment but also strategic business advice in sales, marketing and customer support, helping them to grow their businesses and support patients with all areas of eye care.
Our Eye Care Professional Networks
We work directly with a network of eyecare experts, Eye Care Professionals that are passionate, highly skilled and patient-focused. Eye Care Professionals in our independent network are trusted advisor’s and experts who are fully qualified and experienced in explaining the benefits of our technologically advanced range of glasses lenses to suit your exact vision needs.
We are a manufacturing company which works closely with all our eye care practitioners providing not only lenses and equipment but also strategic business advice in sales, marketing and customer support, helping them to grow their businesses and support patients with all areas of eye care.
Inventor of Progressive Lenses
The Varilux brand
The Varilux brand was the dream of an exceptional man, Bernard Maitenaz.
In the 1950s, when trying on his father’s flattop bifocals, Bernard Maitenaz decided that the concept requires some rethinking.
At first, no one believed in his concept, but he persevered and revolutionized the ophthalmic optics market by inventing the world first progressive lens in 1959. His spirit of innovation continues to inspire Varilux to this day.
Today, the brand’s expertise and innovation make Varilux the leading progressive lens brand in the world, with over 400 million individuals benefitting from superior vision, whatever the distance and whatever the situation.