Essilor was formed in 1972 with the amalgamation of two French companies Essel and Silor and has had a presence in Britain since 1881
Globally, Essilor operates in 100 countries with around 400 people in the UK and has developed some of the world's most up-to-date lens surfacing equipment.
Essilor is world famous for the Varilux lens, the world's first varifocal, which was invented in 1959.
A total of 300 million people around the world wear or have worn Varilux lenses, with a new wearer every three seconds.
Essilor has 5 major brands that embody cutting edge lens technology. Varilux, Crizal, Xperio, Optifog and Transitions.