Essilor is the leading manufacturer
and wholesale distributor of optical
 lenses in the United Kingdom.


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 it's 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. 


Globally, Essilor operates in around 100 countries.
Essilor employs around 400 people in the UK and has developed some of the world's most up-to-date lens surfacing equipment. 

World Leading

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


Essilor International has 37 % market share in volume in 2013 (lens & optical Instruments division) and 22 % (non prescription readers & sunglasses division).



We supply a large number of the UK Independent Opticians.
We work closely with all our Opticians providing not only lenses and equipment but also strategic business advice in sales, marketing and customer support, helping them to grow their businesses and support patients with all areas of eye care.

  • Especialista em doenças dos olhos
  • Óculos para corrigir doenças dos olhos

Our Optician

We work directly with a network of eyecare experts, opticians that are passionate, highly skilled and patient-focused.

Opticians in our independent network are trusted advisor's and experts who are fully qualified and experienced in explaining the benefits of our technologically advanced range of glasses lenses to suit your exact vision needs.  

Explore our lens range and click here to book an appointment for an eye test today. Your eye care is in safe hands when you visit an optician in our network. 

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Did You Know?

Essilor takes care of your sight

Eye Care

Before Going To The Optician

  • 1


    Always see a certified and registered optician. 
    Most display their up-to-date registration certificate at their premises.
  • 2


    Let your optician know
    about any concerns.
     It’s their job to look after your optical health, so they’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
  • 3


    First time? Don't worry! 
    Opticians are professionals - and people. They’ll give you all the advice you need.