A world leader since 1881- Essilor is world famous for the Varilux lens, the world’s first varifocal, which was invented in 1959. Since then over 200 million Varilux lenses have been manufactured world wide. With a 25% market share, Essilor is the world leader in ophthalmic products with operations in Europe, Asia and North & South America. One in every two varifocal lenses sold worldwide is an Essilor lens. For plastic lenses, the proportion is one in three.
Essilor has four major brands that embody cutting edge technology. Varilux (varifocal lenses), Airwear (polycarbonate lenses), Crizal (lenses with multiple coatings) and Transitions (photochromic lenses).
The Varilux brand often features in the national press and on radio and linked merchandising for Varilux Specialist Opticians means its campaign is a familiar sight in almost every High Street.
Essilor has attained ISO 9002 and ISO 9001:2000, following continual reassessment of systems, procedures and quality throughout the manufacturing facility.
There are times when ‘standard’ designs are not completely suitable. For instance, Musicians, Pilots, Electricians, Mechanics, Painters and Decorators need to be able to see a close object above their eye-line as well as having normally placed distance and reading vision. There are a range of occupational designs for use under these circumstances. People who work on a VDU screen sometimes need a lens with a much wider intermediate area than normal, and specialist designs are available for this in Multifocal forms.