Essilor was formed in 1972 with the amalgamation of two French companies Essel and Silor.
Essilor was created from Essel and Silor, two companies dating back respectively to 1849 and 1931, which dominated the French optical eyewear market in the mid-20th century.
Globally, Essilor operates in around 100 countries.
Throughout the World, you’ll find 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.
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.