Essilor acquires J&J ophthalmic lens business

August 15, 2005

Dallas—Essilor will acquire Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.'s Spectacle Lens Group, including the group's Definity brand of progressive lenses.

Dallas-Essilor will acquire Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.'s Spectacle Lens Group, including the group's Definity brand of progressive lenses.

The group is Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.'s ophthalmic lens business. Terms of the deal, announced June 8, were not disclosed.

The Definity progressive lenses, introduced to U.S. test markets in late 2002, feature "Dual Add" technology that divides progressive add power between the front and back surfaces. Essilor will continue to manufacture the lenses and distribute them through its marketing and distribution networks.