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Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the progressive lens and Chairman and CEO of Essilor from 1980-1991, was presented with the prestigious Apollo Award at this year’s 117th Annual American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress. The Apollo Award honors individuals or organizations for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public. This year’s award not only pays tribute to Maitenaz but also to the groundbreaking nature of the innovation behind progressive lenses – both today and in the past. In 1959, following eight years of research, Maitenaz, a young mechanical engineer at Essilor in France, created Varilux®, the world’s first progressive lens. Since then Varilux lenses have gone on to set the standard of visual comfort for people with presbyopia by providing seamless vision at all distances. Presbyopia is the most widespread vision problem in the world – affecting everyone over the age of 45 regardless of location, health or economic circumstance; yet more than 50 percent of people with presbyopia across the world do not benefit from glasses or adequate correction. By 2020, it’s estimated that 2.3 billion people will have presbyopia. In 2012, in its continued mission...
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Essilor International Finalizes Acquisition of Costa Inc

Essilor International Finalizes Acquisition of Costa Inc

Costa Inc. and Essilor International recently completed its previously announced merger agreement, bringing together two technology-minded partners committed to building and defining the next generation of sun lens technology. As a premiere manufacturer of superior polarized performance sunglasses, Costa is best known for its patented 580® lens technology, which offers razor sharp color enhancement and increased visual acuity. Through this agreement, Costa will serve as a proving ground for sun lens technology developments, allowing the brand to continue bringing the finest sun lenses to the fishing and outdoor market, while taking eye protection, visual experience and lens durability to new levels. “This is a positive development for Costa, Inc. and for fans of the Costa brand,” said Chas MacDonald, President of Costa Sunglasses. “As a member of the Essilor family, we’ll maximize their world class resources and technology to develop the next several generations of lens technology, while continuing our growth in the U.S. and internationally, especially within the Rx realm. We remain committed to building the best performance sunglasses for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, and...
Safilo & Essilor Partner On Polaroid Lenses

Safilo & Essilor Partner On Polaroid Lenses

Safilo, worldwide leader in the premium eyewear sector, announces a ten-year licensing agreement with Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, for the design, manufacture and worldwide distribution by Essilor of polarized ophthalmic lenses under the Polaroid brand for use with eyewear products in general. Roberto Vedovotto, CEO of Safilo Group, commented: “We are very proud to start this long-term partnership with Essilor, a Group that has been driven by innovation in the development of lenses for more than 160 years. We consider this project an extraordinary opportunity for Polaroid not only to confirm its credibility and worthiness as a reference brand for the protection and improvement of eyesight, but also to extend its application to eyesight correction, in order to always offer consumers throughout the world best-in-class products.” About Safilo Group The Safilo Group is worldwide leader in the premium eyewear sector for sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. With an international presence through 30 owned subsidiaries in primary markets – in America, Europe and Asia – and exclusive distributors, Safilo produces and distributes its house brands...
Essilor Signs License With High Performance Optics

Essilor Signs License With High Performance Optics

Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic optics, has signed an exclusive and global license agreement with High Performance Optics (HPO) that complements its existing patent and technologies portfolio. This licence agreement will allow Essilor to continue to focus on products with correction and preventive benefits and to roll out its robust portfolio of patented products around the world. HPO is a company focused on human retinal protection from blue light. Essilor continues to strengthen its mission of helping the world see better by reaching the 4.2 billion people worldwide who need vision correction. Recently named as one of the Most Innovative Companies by Forbes, Essilor builds on its history of product innovation not only by providing quality vision correction, but also by providing products with preventive benefits for the wearer. As a result of dedicated R&D and innovation processes, Essilor currently has around 5600 patents throughout the world that are a driving force behind its strategy. About Essilor The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission...
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Crizal Gets VIP Treatment At Gloden Globes

Crizal Gets VIP Treatment At Gloden Globes

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, is helping celebrities look their best while protecting their eyes from the California sun this award season with Crizal UV™ lenses. The company will gift luxury sunwear to top celebrities, VIPs and entertainment media through its participation in GBK Production’s Luxury Gift Lounge Jan. 11-12 at the L’Hermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The annual event will be held in honor of the 70th Annual Golden Globes nominees and presenters. An exclusive list of guests will receive eyewear with Crizal UV lenses in luxury frames and will pose for photographs in Crizal UV lens eyewear. The new Crizal No-Glare lenses provide the most complete daily UV protection featuring an exclusive anti-reflective coating on the backside of the lens, Broad Spectrum Technology, which virtually eliminates UV light reflection into the eyes, while maintaining maximum visible light transmission for crisper, clearer vision. This technology extends superior No-Glare efficiency from visible to UV light. GBK Productions, a leading luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, consistently provides an unmatched environment...
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First Impressions Are Everything

First Impressions Are Everything

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today announced the addition of new courses to ECP University®, an organization designed to help doctors, eye care practice owners and managers grow their practices by providing education solutions through in-person training, distance learning, and online training. The new courses offer comprehensive training for front desk professionals at eye care practices. Based on customer feedback, Essilor’s education department and the ECP University team conducted extensive market research to determine the competencies required for running an efficient and organized front office. These core competencies were then used to create 8 hours of e-learning courses which include topics such as managing patient appointments, record keeping and reporting, managing patient issues, telephone etiquette, managing vendor appointments, explaining insurance to patients and tracking insurance claims. “Whether on the phone or in-person, front desk staff members are the first and last encounter patients have with an eyecare practice,” said Howard Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O., senior vice president of customer development, Essilor of...
The Changing Face Of The Optical Industry

The Changing Face Of The Optical Industry

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, announced today that it will host a national discussion at 6:30 p.m. Central Time on Monday, December 10. The webinar will be led by Howard Purcell, O.D., FAAO, and Senior Vice President of Customer Development at Essilor, to provide independent ECPs with an overview of the industry and to engage participants in discussions about the challenges and opportunities they face today. Essilor will be joined by VSP Vision Care’s Dan Mannen, O.D., FAAO, who will offer insights from a Bain & Company study commissioned by VSP on the state of independent optometry. To access the webinar, please visit www.optometry2020.com and click the “register” link at the top of the page. “Clearly, the industry is evolving, and independent practitioners want to be part of the solution to preserve and enhance their business, in the wake of new competition, business expenses, and hiring challenges,” said Purcell. “Over the last few months Essilor has engaged with independent ECPs to hear about these issues and brainstorm ways to face the changing wave of optometry.” As a means to inform independent ECPs about the dynamics...
Essilor Employees Pledge To Raise $1 Million

Essilor Employees Pledge To Raise $1 Million

In commemoration of World Sight Day, Essilor employees today launched a three-year, $1-million fundraising  campaign benefiting the Essilor Vision Foundation, which will provide vision screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses free of charge to thousands of schoolchildren who cannot afford them otherwise. Research shows that without proper vision care, children may face lifelong struggles with literacy, low self-esteem, unemployment, poverty and crime. “Approximately one in four American children has an uncorrected vision problem – and the number can climb much higher in inner-city communities. Unfortunately, research suggests that only 1 in 9 children are wearing glasses today,” said Stephen Shawler, president of the Essilor Vision Foundation. “So for those of us involved with the Essilor Vision Foundation, every day is World Sight Day. Our clear-cut mission is simply knowing that providing new glasses to a child can have a profound effect on their life … not only academically in the short term, but socially in the long term.” Essilor Vision Foundation’s mission is “to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences.” In addition to providing vision services, the...
New Facility Enhances Esslior Product Developement

New Facility Enhances Esslior Product Developement

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today celebrated the grand opening of its new world-class Innovation and Technology Center in Farmers Branch, Texas. Farmer’s Branch city officials joined Essilor of America president and chief executive officer, John Carrier, at a reception hosted at the impressive 43,000 square-foot facility, which was designed and constructed by Dallas based firms GSR Andrade Architects, Hillwood Construction Services and JJA, Inc. The new Innovation and Technology Center, which was relocated from St. Petersburg, Fla. to Farmers Branch, allows Essilor to combine and strengthen its research and development and engineering resources under one roof. “Along with recently being named one of Forbes Most Innovative Companies for the second year in a row, the Innovation and Technology Center is one of the many examples of our continued commitment to research and development,” said John Carrier, president and Chief Executive Officer, Essilor of America. “In relocating the Innovation and Technology Center to our headquarters in Dallas, we’ll be able to better identify and develop innovative products that meet and exceed our...
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Essilor’s Forum Series For ECPs

Essilor’s Forum Series For ECPs

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, announced today that it will host four independent eyecare professional forums in October. The invitation-only “Optometry2020” gatherings are designed to discuss the state of the industry and to hear from optometrists about their business, as well as challenges and opportunities that they face and anticipate in an evolving independent optometric industry. As a prelude to the forums, Essilor hosted a group of ECPs at Vision Expo West, to provide an industry overview and generate conversations with independent optometrists. The four new forums – one of which will be available via simulcast – will be held in other markets nationwide. Details about how to participate in the simulcast forum will be provided in coming weeks. “Increasingly, we know that it’s imperative to understand the bigger picture of the optometric industry in this country,” stated Howard Purcell, O.D. and Vice President of Customer Development, Essilor of America. “We have a vested interest in gaining insight into the changing dynamics of the industry, and we believe the time is now to generate conversations with the doctors who...
Vision Loans Program Receives Funding

Vision Loans Program Receives Funding

Essilor of America, Inc., and VSP® Vision Care today announced that they each have committed an additional $5 million in funding to the Vision Loans Program, which supports independent eyecare professionals (ECPs) by providing loans to optometrists looking to finance first-time practice purchases, partnership buy-ins, and refinancing options. The Vision Loans Program is a joint effort between Vision One Credit Union, Essilor and VSP. Since its launch in 2003, the program has distributed nearly $58 million in financial support to optometrists who want to enter private practice and those who want to successfully transition out. All loan payments are reinvested back into the program to ensure the continued success and growth of private practice optometry. “Supporting the Vision Loans Program is an important way for us to help optometrists remain independent and competitive in this changing marketplace,” said Howard Purcell, OD, Vice President of Customer Development at Essilor. “The dynamics of the optometric practice today present some unique challenges to graduating ECPs. This added commitment will help thousands more enter private practice, and we are glad to provide that support.” Vision...
Vision Correction Linked To School Success?

Vision Correction Linked To School Success?

Thousands of eight- and nine-year olds in hundreds of schools in rural Northwest China are to be part of a research project to show the impact of eye care and eyeglasses on educational performance. Parents, teachers and eyecare clinicians are involved in the research, which also seeks to address the cultural bias in rural China that wearing eyeglasses causes a child’s vision to deteriorate. The research is being sponsored by Essilor and conducted by the Rural Education Action Project (REAP), a partnership between Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy. According to Hubert Sagnières, Essilor chairman & CEO, “The impact of uncorrected vision on both the individual and society is enormous. Children who do not see well perform less well in school and this will impact the course of their life. By measuring the incidence of uncorrected vision and the educational impact of providing eyeglasses to students with vision problems, we hope to raise awareness in China of the importance of visual correction.” Said Stanford professor of economics and REAP co-director, Scott Rozelle,...
Lab Italee Takes On Essilor Optifog

Lab Italee Takes On Essilor Optifog

Essilor of America has implemented its patented Optifog technology at Lab Italee in Los Angeles, CA. Essilor, the leader in ophthalmic optics, is always looking to improve the vision of eyeglass wearers, helping them to see the world better. Now with access to Optifog technology, Lab Italee can fully manufacture the Optifog lenses at its Los Angeles laboratory. One common problem that affects eyeglass wearers is fog, which can cloud one’s vision and provide a frustrating hindrance – an unwanted and uncontrollable “blindfold” that can appear unexpectedly and interfere with one’s daily life. Indeed, of the 1.6 billion eyeglass wearers worldwide, 75% would like to have an anti-fog solution for their lenses to improve their vision (2010 International consumer research on 1,493 wearers, in 7 countries –Ipsos.) To find a solution to this issue, Essilor has developed Optifog, a breakthrough lens based on a technology covered by an international patent application. When combined with Optifog Activator, it provides immediate and efficient fog-free vision. “Essilor is proud to share its state of the art fog free technology with Italee,” said Bob Colucci, president, Independent...
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Mary Engelbreit Presents “Breit Eyes” Contest Winner

Mary Engelbreit Presents “Breit Eyes” Contest Winner

DALLAS (Jan., 2012) – Airwear®, Essilor’s lighter, safer and greener brand of polycarbonate lenses, and iconic artist and healthy vision advocate Mary Engelbreit presented Michele Zeblisky of Northwood, N.H., grand prize winner of the “Breit Eyes” Facebook photo contest, with an original, autographed sketch in the likeness of her 11-year-old son, Jack, as well as a tour of Engelbreit’s St. Louis studio and a $200 general use gift card. Fans of Airwear Lenses on Facebook may recall Essilor and Engelbreit asked parents to visit the page to enter the “Breit Eyes” contest last September. By submitting a photo of their child being “lighter, safer or greener” – the key benefits of Airwear lenses – while wearing glasses, parents had a chance to win one-of-a-kind prizes from Engelbreit. One lucky grand prize winner, Zeblisky, received an original sketch by Engelbreit in the likeness of the child in the winning photo plus a trip to tour Engelbreit’s St. Louis studio and a $200 gift card. One runner up, Anna Caudill of Franklin, Tenn., received a collection of Ann Estelle children’s books authored and signed by Engelbreit. Like her most beloved and bespectacled...
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Essilor Breaks New Ground With Optifog Lenses

Essilor Breaks New Ground With Optifog Lenses

DALLAS – Jan., 2012 – Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, continues its long-standing history of innovative, new products with Optifog™ lenses. Introduced in October, this groundbreaking generation of lenses includes an exclusive anti-fog property to offer wearers superior fog-free vision. For the first time, eyecare professionals (ECPs) have a solution to help their patients resolve this common problem and see their best in a variety of situations and conditions. “Essilor is proud to continue its rich history of innovation with Optifog, a breakthrough anti-fog technology, creating the first new lens category since our introduction of Crizal® lenses more than 20 years ago,” said John Carrier, president and CEO, Essilor of America. “Fog has been a long-time frustration and a danger for eyeglass wearers, so much excitement has been building here in the U.S. and around the world as ECPs and consumers now have an answer to a previously unmet need with these groundbreaking lenses.” Foggy lenses cause unexpected temporary blindness for the wearer and are bothersome in numerous everyday situations including moving from a cold to hot environment,...
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