ZEISS Vision Care

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ZEISS: Seit mehr als 100 Jahren führend in der Augenoptik Porträt des Unternehmensbereichs Vision Care

Founded in 1846, the innovative strength and extensive optical expertise of ZEISS has played a central role in shaping the eyeglass industry since 1912. April 1st 1912 marked the beginning of medical technology at ZEISS with two key inventions, combining medical and optical expertise which is still unique in the world to this day.

ZEISS launched PUNKTAL, the world’s first-ever point-focal imaging precision eyeglass lens. It was a revolutionary new design developed in line with scientific principles and it would form the basis for all modern lenses. The dynamics of human vision were taken into account in a lens for the very first time.

Instead of the “tunnel vision” associated with magnifiers, eyeglass lenses now offered unparalleled imaging across the entire lens surface – even when wearers turned their heads, moved their eyes or changed their viewing distance.

That same day, the world’s first slit lamp was launched for performing eye exams. For over one hundred years, ZEISS has addressed the challenge of providing its customers with an optimal visual experience.

Our daily work is sharply focused on the wishes and needs of our customers because every eye is as individual as a fingerprint and because individual demands for better vision require individualized solutions.

Innovations like ZEISS DriveSafe lenses, instruments and platforms such as the ZEISS i.Profiler and ZEISS i.Terminal, and apps like “My Vision Profile” have received multiple awards for their design, user-friendliness and technological excellence.

Dialog plays a central role at the company. Close contact with eye care professionals is an integral and key component of the ZEISS philosophy. After all, it is our customers who are in daily contact with eyeglass wearers. Therefore, a dialog-based partnership is an important requirement to develop solutions that offer the wearer optimal vision and thus better quality of life. That’s why ZEISS is focusing on brand partnerships with customers – they can engage with the ZEISS brand in-store, ranging from lens consultation to customer information.

It’s important to note that ZEISS Vision Care is a partner for its customers, and not a competitor. Unlike other global suppliers, ZEISS does not operate its own stores, neither on- or offline. All offers, products and innovations serve the sole purpose of making ZEISS customers successful: ophthalmic opticians, purchasing groups, brand manufacturers and optical chains. Stores that carry the ZEISS brand are operated by independent eye care professionals, dealers and purchasing groups.

Facts and Figures


Aalen, Germany

Management Board

Dr. Matthias Metz (President & CEO), Dr. Marc Wawerla (COO), Sven Hermann (CSO/CMO), Paul Bilsdorfer (CFO), Dr. Timo Mappes (Innovation), Jens Boy (North America)


The business group is fully allocated to the ZEISS Group and the Vision Care/Consumer Optics segment. In fiscal year 2016/17 the segment generated revenue approximating US$1.3 billion with around 9,770 employees.


  • Research sites in Germany and Australia
  • Global Rx labs, production of photochromic, semi-finished, stock and sunglass lenses in America, Europe and Asia
  • Regional RX labs on all continents
  • Global distribution centers in the USA, Germany, Mexico, China and Hungary
  • Regional distribution centers in Brazil, India and Australia
  • Regional and local delivery centers in over 50 contries

Portfolio (selection)

  • Single vision lenses (glass, plastic)
  • Multifocal lenses (progressive, bifocal, trifocal)
  • Self-tinting and sun lenses (ZEISS PhotoFusion, polarized, special filter lenses)
  • Lifestyle lenses: ZEISS Digital Lens (enhanced for digital life), ZEISS DriveSafe (enhanced for driving), ZEISS EnergizeMe (enhanced for contact lens wearers)
  • Magnifying aids for the visually impaired and for professional applications
  • Diagnostic equipment and systems for analysis and customer consultations (screening, refraction, centration): ZEISS i.Profiler plus, ZEISS i.Terminal, ZEISS Essential Line, ZEISS i.Com mobile
  • Vision analysis apps and online consumer information: My Vision Profile, Better Vision, integrated lens consultation in ZEISS applications for eye care professionals


  • Appx. 100 million lenses a year
  • Appx. 200,000 orders a day
  • Appx. 200 million wearers of ZEISS lenses worldwide

Milestones in the Company History