In our three Centers for Innovation and Technology based in Cretil, France; Dallas, Texas and Singapore, more than 550 researchers work in partnership to improve our products in terms of vision correction and protection while creating value in new segments.
We are intensely dedicated to research and development to provide innovative lens solutions that help the world see better. As pioneers, 40% of our revenue is generated from products less than four years old. Over the years we’ve revolutionized the treatment of common vision problems – notably, our development of the progressive lens.
Varilux® , the world’s leading progressive lens, is the most technologically advanced solution for presbyopia, an age-related condition that results in farsightedness. Varilux lenses enable wearers to see near, far and in-between without the traditional lines found in bifocals that tend to age a consumer.
Crizal® lenses are specially designed using revolutionary technology and offer wearers the #1 recommended brand of no-glare lenses in the U.S. for the most comprehensive protection.
We also pioneered the use of plastic and lightweight lenses and together with our joint venture partner, PPG Industries, created Transitions® adaptive lenses® - the first lightweight plastic photochromic lenses ever sold. They appear clear indoors and automatically darken outdoors in sunlight.
In sync with global market needs, Essilor’s Research and Development teams continue to test new designs and develop tomorrow’s products, exploring: - Materials to make thinner, lighter and more durable lenses - New optical surface designs for better performance and greater comfort - New surface coatings to improve transparency, lens durability, eye protection and appearance.