Innovation drives the strategy and growth to enable us to provide solutions tailored to the needs of every individual and to meet new vision challenges.
Investing in research and development
To support our mission of “Improving Lives by Improving Sight” we invest in research and development throughout the whole business. This enables us to provide solutions tailored to the needs of every individual and to meet new vision challenges.
Meeting the diversity of visual health needs is a significant challenge. To support the ophthalmic research, Essilor has created more than twenty research partnerships with universities and public research organisations including, the Vision Institute in Paris, CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.
The Special Lenses laboratory team at Essilor creates personalised solutions to help patients with complex vision problems that traditional lenses cannot correct. With 150 years of experience the unique mastery of very specific manufacturing techniques has enabled the team to create lenses of +70 D through to lenses with a specific prescription of -108DS 6DC.
Awards winning products
We are proud to have won a number of awards for our innovations over the years. In the last few years we have been recognised with Silmo d’Or prizes for the following three innovations.
2018 - Vision-R 800 in the materials/equipment category