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Innovation by Essilor

For Essilor, innovation is an area in which consumers play a key role.

It enables the group to adapt to global markets and fulfill its mission - to allow as many people as possible to see the world better.

An essential dynamic

Essilor has always made innovation a priority. It is the cornerstone of its expertise and its capacity to adapt, guaranteeing the group's position as the world leader in ophthalmic optics. In 2010, more than 150 million euros were devoted to research and development (R&D) investments and half of the group's turnover comes from products developed in the last three years.

LiveOptics : innovating for wearers

Innovating in the field of ophthalmic optics naturally involves constantly addressing challenges in optical design, materials and the treatment of lenses. For Essilor, there can be no real innovation without a direct benefit to the individual. That is why wearers are at the heart of its approach.

The Live Optics program, established in 1993, is a good illustration of this philosophy. LiveOptics is the only program of its kind, meeting the specific needs of each wearer. In particular, it makes it possible to test all Essilor lenses under real-life conditions, over several weeks, before they are launched onto the market.

Research centers and partners - the power of a network

Three Innovation and Technology Centers in France, the United States and Asia as well as two R&D centers under the responsibility of joint ventures in the United States and Japan, account for the majority of the group's researchers.

Essilor's innovation strategy is also based on a network of partnerships created with universities, industrial groups and innovative SMEs. These partnerships allow its divisions to incorporate the best technologies from other sectors. Collaborations with the Institut de la Vision and the CNRS in France, Shanghai University in China and the Université de Montréal in Canada are a few examples.

Products and services - for perfect vision

Everyone's needs vary according to ametropia, age, geographical location and lifestyle. Essilor's aim is to produce lenses which are constantly better adapted to these specific needs.

To achieve this, Essilor's research focuses on:  
- customization: a new breakthrough has been made with Eyecode technology, for example, with the level of accuracy improved five-fold by measuring the eye in 3D.
- segmentation: in order to meet the needs of particular population segments, with Essilor Azio for Asian populations for example, as well as to meet needs relating to specific activities, such as Varilux Computer for those who work long hours in front of a screen. 

Finally, Essilor is also constantly innovating in terms of service, since it wants everyone to be able to experience perfect eyesight. The Shopper Lab, a place for discussion and experimentation with opticians to improve the in-store experience, is one example of this ambition. 
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