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Improving Lives by Improving Sight

Essilor’s ambition is to eliminate poor vision in a generation because good vision is a basic human right.

Over half the world’s population need a form of visual correction. 1 in 3 people on the planet are living without the correction they need and cannot see the world clearly, while 6 billion need to protect their eyes from harmful rays including UV and blue light emitted from devices.  All of this can be solved with a simple solution, a pair of glasses. That’s why the Essilor (listed as EssilorLuxottica) mission has been to ‘improve lives by improving sight’ for 170 years. Everyday 69,000 employees work to provide the best visual solutions, tailored to the needs of every individual. In line with its mission, Essilor has the ambition to eliminate poor vision by 2050 in a sustainable and responsible way.

Since 1849 the Essilor Group has put its expertise at the service of good vision by designing, manufacturing and distributing ophthalmic lenses and equipment for eye care professionals. Today the Group is a leader in its field, providing prescription glasses, sunglasses, reading glasses and ophthalmic optics equipment regarded by professionals and consumers as the reference in correction, protection and prevention for visual health.

Essilor owes its success to a strong mission and robust strategy in which innovation is been the driving force. As such, Essilor allocates more than 200€ million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, ever more effective products to market.

In 2012, Essilor considerably accelerated its efforts to meet the needs of the 2.7 billion people living with uncorrected poor vision by addressing the two biggest barriers to vision care; access and awareness. Essilor has built a strategy based on three pillars: inclusive businesses, philanthropic programs as well as advocacy and awareness campaigns.

Through inclusive business models such as “Eye Mitra™”, Essilor provides access to vision care for low-income consumers in underserved regions through the training of people who can perform basic refraction and dispense glasses. These business models create sustainable professional opportunities in remote areas and increase productivity and well-being of spectacle wearers. Essilor will have trained over 25,000 primary vision care providers by 2020.

Essilor also created Vision For Life™, a 49 €M social impact fund which accelerates initiatives that combat the global challenge of poor vision by improving access to vision screening, correction and protection for disadvantaged communities around the world. Additionally, Essilor hosts free vision screenings and provides free glasses to those in need around the world.

Essilor runs dedicated awareness, research and advocacy programs to make poor vision a global priority. The Group supports the work of the Vision Impact Institute which helps evaluate how poor vision impacts lives, economies and populations across the world. The company has also established strategic partnerships with key international organizations and governments to join forces in bringing good vision to everyone, everywhere within just one generation. Most recently it launched the report “Eliminating poor vision in a Generation: What will it take to eliminate uncorrected refractive errors by 2050?” on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The report is a roadmap that defines the global scale of uncorrected poor vision and outlines for the first time solutions to eliminate it within one generation.

However there is a need to do more because the world’s visual health is deteriorating. Changing lifestyles, including time spent in front of screens and less time spent outdoors, has led to an increase in myopia, near-sightedness. If not addressed today, this problem will reach epidemic proportions in the near future which is why Essilor’s in house experts are pioneering products to help consumers, prevent, manage and control myopia throughout their lifetime.

To achieve Essilor’s ambition of eliminating poor vision in a generation will take more than just one company’s committed efforts. Essilor welcomes the opportunity to partner with the public and private sector.


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