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For eye care professionals

Our Innovation

Innovating for better vision

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.


At the heart of everything we do

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.
Innovating for better vision
Life changing special lenses

Special lenses

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.

Learn more about special lenses here › 


Awards winning products

We are proud to have won a number of awards for our innovations over the years. In the last three years we have been recognised with Silmo d’Or prizes for the following three innovations. 
  • 2016 - Eye Protect System in the vision category
  • 2017 - Varilux X series  in the vision category
  • 2018 - Vision-R 800 in the materials/equipment category
Award winning products