Alcon is the largest and most trusted eye care device manufacturer on the globe, dedicated to helping people see clearly. The company was founded in 1945, in Texas, by two pharmacists, Robert Alexander and William Conner. The name of the brand combines the first syllables of their last names. In 5 years, Alcon introduced its first two innovative ophthalmic products: Ophthalzin® intended for minor eye infections and Zincfrin® for red, itchy eyes. In 1953, the company developed and patented the Droptainer® eye drop dispensing bottle, which is now a must-have among the eye-care products.
Since 1969, Alcon has diversified its product range from therapy and nonsurgical care to surgery correction. It purchased CooperVision Surgical and became the world’s leading ophthalmic company. Today, Alcon has a strong foundation based on peoples’ trust and an uncompromising commitment to substantial investment in innovation. The manufacturer strives to build new, cutting-edge technologies and solutions in order to meet the evolving needs of surgeons and patients. Currently, Alcon operates in both the ophthalmic surgical and vision care markets, reaching $6.8 billion in annual sales. It has 18 state-of-the-art manufacturing sites and provides its products through 67 distribution centers around the world.