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Improving lives by improving sight in partnership with independent eye care professionals
To see is widely considered as the most important sense we have as human beings. Our mission is to help correct and protect vision needs of individuals in partnership with independent eye care professionals.
Essilor was formed in 1972 with the amalgamation of two French companies Essel and Silor. Essilor has had a presence in Britain since 1881 when Société des Lunetiers opened its British operation in Hatton Garden, London. It maintained a presence in the city until 1975 when the company moved its offices and production facilities to Thornbury, near Bristol.
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. 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.
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.