On 15 June 2017, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary on Lake Geneva, together with all of our employees and their families.
More than 10 years before the founding of today’s SwissLens company, contact lenses were already manufactured using the in-house lathes at the site in Prilly, near Lausanne and sold regionally. It was during this period that the various patents originated which SwissLens still uses today for the production and stabilisation of soft contact lenses.
The courage to expand under the new name of SwissLens 20 years ago and to become established outside of Switzerland has paid off. Over the years, the four-person business became a medium-sized company which exports its products to 18 countries and has more than 3000 customers and distributors.
The courage to expand under the new name of SwissLens 20 years ago and to become established outside of Switzerland paid off. Over the years, the four-person business became a medium-sized company that exports its products to 18 countries and has more than 3000 customers and distributors.
Technological innovations and a stable market
It is essential for sustainable company growth to always remain true to one’s core values but also respond to changes in the market and as such, we were amongst the first manufacturers to move to 3-monthly replacement lenses from lenses which were only replaced annually or even less frequently. Stability and solid growth are important elements of our company’s philosophy, as are the aspiration for technological innovation and an active interest in trends within the contact lens industry.
Today, SwissLens has an impressive portfolio of specialist lenses including soft lenses for keratoconus and post-operative patients, hybrid lenses and a range of prosthetic, cosmetic and contrast-enhancing filter lenses. Soft contact lenses to slow the progression of myopia were introduced in 2010 and more recently, ortho-k contact lenses are now being made.
Customer satisfaction and user friendliness have been at the heart of developing the order and return system, together with an on-line toolbox to aid the practitioner with lens parameter selection.
Many of the employees at the Swiss headquarters and at the various international distributors have been working for SwissLens for many years and a community has developed like a large family which bears the success of the company.