ESSILOR Lenses - A History

ESSILOR Lenses - A History


ESSILOR: World Leader

Essilor is the world leader in the ophthalmic industry and is committed to providing solutions to correct and protect the visual health of the 7.7 billion people worldwide. The company has served the people for over 170 years and keeps up with it up to this date.


Improving Lives By Improving Sight

Seeing well is crucial to us being able to learn, work, and interact with the world and people around us. One third of the global population lives with uncorrected poor vision and its consequences. Faced with an under-recognised global vision crisis, Essilor is working with partners to launch and scale up several inclusive business and non-profit initiatives so that in the future everyone can see well and live well. That is why Essilor's teams are driven by our mission of improving lives by improving sight. Looking ahead, our ambition is to eradicate poor vision in the space of one generation.

Products And Services – Our Expertise At The Service Of Good Vision

The Essilor Group has put its expertise at the service of good vision in designing, manufacturing and distributing quality products and services through innovative business models. Essilor provides products and services to meet the vision needs of everyone, everywhere. Today, 2.5 billion people suffer from uncorrected poor vision, 6 billion people do not protect their eyes from harmful rays and it is expected that by 2050 6.6 billion people will suffer from uncorrected poor vision.

Brand Solutions

To address these growing needs we develop vision solutions at every price point and our portfolio includes some of the best known eye care brands. We are close to our customers and consumers thanks to a unique partnership model; and we give access to the best products via our advanced technologies and multichannel distribution worldwide.

Driven By Innovation

At Essilor innovation is a core pillar that drives our growth. Partnerships with public and private sector institutions allow us to share innovative technologies and products with more people, as well as providing inspiration for our teams to innovate even further.

Essilor Worldwide - Essilor People

What makes Essilor are its people. Currently Essilor employs a workforce of 74,000 spread across 78 countries. Each one of them embodies the Essilor spirit; working tirelessly towards improving lives by improving sight. Employees have been at the heart of our success since the very beginning.

Our Humble Beginnings

Essilor began in 1849 as an artisanal spectacle-maker in Paris. The Essilor story is built on our history of continued excellence, which remains a part of the Group culture even to this day: innovation, partnerships, international openness, entrepreneurial spirit and human values.


Professional Practices

At Essilor, we are dedicated to helping optometrists improve lives by improving sight.
We have partnered with independent optometrists around the country through our Essilor Expert program, which supports the role that independent optometrists play within our local communities. Essilor Expert optical practices have access to the latest optical instruments and additional support to deliver an expert service to each and every patient.




  • Stellest lenses are designed with 2 ingeniously complementary parts that, when combined, have a powerful effect.
  • Innovative Technology - Using H.A.L.T (Highly Aspherical Lenslet Target)nology, Stellest lenses create a signal that acts as a shield to slow down myopia progression.
  • Clinically Proven - Our state-of-the-art 2-year clinical trial demonstrated compelling evidence of the effects of Stellest lenses.​


  • Correct - Gives your child vision as sharp as with single vision lenses
  • Control - Slow down myopia progression by 67% on average
  • No Compromises - Aesthetic and simple​

What Is Myopia? 

Myopia is a medical term used to describe short-sightedness. People with myopia find that objects or people at a distance look blurry to some degree, but they always have a distance where things closer to them appear clear. This is because when the light enters a myopic eye, which is often slightly longer, it falls in front of the retina, thus the name "short-sighted".



Eyezen lenses help you relax your vision and filter blue light. Blue light is all around us. It is emitted by the sun and artificial sources, including digital screens such as your smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. Blue light helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle, mood and cognitive performance.


Eyezen Features

  • Eyezen Focus Technology: Eyezen lenses have a power boost in the lower portion of the lens, designed to ease eye strain caused by close reading distances and viewing handheld devices (less than 35cm away).  
  • Eyezen Light Scan Technology:  selectively filters out 20% of blue-violet light from digital screens to help enhance contrast.
  • Eyezen W.A.V.E. Technology: Essilor Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement Technology, used in manufacturing Eyezen lenses, targets optical aberrations to increase definition and contrast. Thanks to this advanced technology, Eyezen lenses aim to provide you with vision that's more relaxed than with standard lenses.  

Eyezen Benefits

  • Comfortable, relaxed vision all day long, especially when using your digital devices
  • Enhanced contrast for digital screens thanks to a blue light filter and reduced optical aberrations thanks to WAVE Technology
  • Sharp, clear vision in all directions


EYEZEN Lenses are available for everyone

Everyone deserves the most comfortable vision possible.
If you use digital devices on an everyday basis; and whether you have or have not experienced digital eye strain yet, Eyezen is the clear choice to help you relax and protect your eyes. That's why Eyezen lenses are available to everyone, whether you wear glasses or not.



Superior vision - Any distance, any situation

Essilor has pushed the boundaries to bring you the world’s most advanced progressive lenses.

Wave goodbye to switching between standard reading and distance glasses and the minor irritations of regular progressive lenses such as ‘swim’ or a narrow field of view. Instead, Varilux lenses give you sharp, clear vision and a smooth transition between all distances.

5 Reasons To Wear Varilux

Here's five compelling reasons to take advantage of the innovations in the Varilux product range.

  1. Clear vision at any distance

Near or far, the Varilux range gives you clear vision whatever the distance.

  1. Comfort for any task

Whether driving, reading the newspaper using a smartphone, tablet or screen or at work on a computer there's a Varilux lens to make your vision tasks more comfortable.

  1. High resolution vision in any light

Varilux Physio 3.0 lets you enjoy greater contrast and sharpness. Essilor lens technology is constantly evolving, high resolution vision is the result.

  1. Dynamic vision and stability in motion

Great for staying active, the Varilux range is renowned for stable vision whether you're moving or the world is moving past you. Lenses can be tailored to your visual behaviour.

  1. Quick easy to use

All Varilux lenses are tested and approved by wearers to ensure your satisfaction, including that they are easy to use from the minute you put them on.


Varilux is based on market leading innovations:

  • SynchronEyes – your lenses work in harmony with your eye movements for a wider field of view.
  • Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement™ – better contrast, sharp vision at any distance, even in low light.
  • 4D Technology – made to match unique characteristics of your own eyes, including your dominant eye.
  • Nanoptix – virtually no ‘swim’ (when peripheral vision is impacted by changes at the edges of progressive lenses).


Key Figures

  • The first ever progressive lens was invented in 1959 – it was a Varilux lens.
  • Half of all progressive lenses throughout the world are Varilux – since 1959 there have been more than 500 million Varilux wearers.
  • Essilor, the manufacturer of Varilux and the inventors of progressive lenses, is often listed by Forbes Magazine as part of their  "World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies". Essilor first listed in 2014.
  • Progressive lenses offer a smooth transition from distance vision through intermediate vision to near vision.


XPERIO: Polarised Prescription Lenses

Xperio polarised sun lenses eliminate blinding reflected glare, to offer you greater visual comfort, excellent clarity of vision, better reaction time and improved performance in whatever you do.

Experience the Outdoors Like Never Before Xperio polarised sunwear gives you better protection and comfort than tinted lenses can achieve.


Why Do You Need High Quality Sun Protection?

Glare can be dangerous
Light reflected off a smooth, flat surface – like a road, water, snow or sand can create blinding glare. This glare can seriously impair your vision and cause potential hazards.

UV can cause permanent damage to your eyes
UV is everywhere, not just directly from the sun but also reflected off many surfaces regardless of weather. Do you know that 90% of UV rays can pass through clouds?


XPERIO Benefits

Ideal for all activities under the sun, regardless of the environment, situation or season.

  • Eliminate reflected glare
    So you see better, feel better and perform better!
  • Best in class UV protection for your eyes
    All Xperio polarised sun lenses are available with Crizal Sun UV and E-SPF50+ to provide maximum protection from harmful UV on both the front and back surfaces of the lenses. E-SPF50+TM for all Crizal Sun UV lenses except with Essilor Orma lenses without UVX (E-SPF25 TM). E-SPF is a global index rating the overall UV protection of a lens. ESPF was developed by Essilor International and endorsed by 3rd party experts. Lens performance only. The E-SPF index excludes direct eye exposure that depends on external factors (wearer’s morphology, frame shape, position of wear).
  • Truer colour perception
    Environmental colours distorted by glare are filtered.
  • Available in your prescription
    Customisable to single vision or progressive lens designs, according to your visual needs.


TRANSITIONS Light Intelligent Lenses

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses automatically adapt to changing light conditions.
Responding to the light around you, they intelligently change from clear to dark when you go outdoors and back to clear when you return indoors.

Transitions Signature Gen 8 is the latest innovation offering the best overall photochromic lens.




An invisible shield that enhances the visual experience

Shield your eyes and your lenses against daily enemies of vision. Crizal amplifies visual correction with protection against reflection, scratches, smudges, dust, water and harmful UV rays.

Enjoy the feeling of carefreeness that comes from enhanced transparency, durability, ease of care and protection for your eyes and lenses.

Each Crizal lens features a unique combination of performance enhancing technologies, so there is a Crizal lens for every wearer, every need and every lifestyle.


  • Transparent - Reducing visible light reflections all around you.
  • Durable - Enduring everyday handling such as wiping or dropping your glasses.
  • Easy to Clean - Repelling water, smudges and dust for an easy maintenance of clarity.

CRIZAL Unique Technologies

To ensure you are protected from visible obstructions, we pushed our Crizal lenses to their limits – testing the lenses under demanding real-life conditions. You can rest assured that you will be prepared to tackle all of life’s unpredictability with confidence. Each Crizal features unique technologies to answer your everyday needs and lifestyle.


CRIZAL Sapphire HR

Whether we’re indoors or outdoors, we are constantly being exposed to artificial or natural light. Crizal Sapphire HR  fights reflections from light sources all around the wearer, minimising the disturbance from light pollution. Crizal Sapphire HR’s exceptional anti-reflection performance is bolstered with scratch, smudge, dust and water resistance, for transparency that stands the test of life.



We are constantly exposed to unpredictable situations that may damage our glasses, such as knocks, drops or excessive wiping. Crizal Rock lenses feature the best combination against scratches and smudges for durability like never before.




Do you spend your day cleaning your glasses from fingerprints, dust and water? With Crizal EasyPRO, your lenses stay clearer with an easy to clean anti-reflection coating3.



CRIZAL Prevencia

We are frequently exposed to UV and Blue light in our day to day lives. Crizal Prevencia enhances your lenses by filtering UV and Blue-Violet light, while letting essential light pass through.



CRIZAL Sun XProtect

Specially designed to withstand the rough and tumble that sunglasses go through, Crizal Sun XProtect combines superior scratch and smudge resistance4 with an essential boost to protection against harmful UV rays. Enjoy great vision and comfort when out in the sun, whilst knowing your lenses are fortified to keep them looking newer for longer.

Benefits of Blue UV Filter System

UV protection

100% UV protection on front side

Selective filtration

Nurture your circadian rhythm

Optimal clarity

Don't compromise contrast and colour perception

Lens aesthetic

See your best in any light with anti-glare finish

Protection from harmful blue light

Up to 3 times more protection


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