History of Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH

  • How it all started

    How it all started

    In 1901 the collaboration with the Swedish ophthalmologist and subsequent Nobel Prize winner Allvar Gullstrand began. In 1908, Moritz von Rohr calculated a point-focal imaging eyeglass lens that minimized the blurring that occurs when looking through lens edge areas, thus laying the foundation for the renowned Punktal® eyeglass lenses. Coinciding with the launch of Punktal®, the OPTO division – the predecessor of today’s Carl Zeiss Vision – was founded on 1 April 1912. The division of Germany into East and West leads to the new founding of Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen. Ongoing innovations, such as the Gradal® eyeglass lens, and continuous advancements culminated in the 2005 emergence and subsequent international rise of Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH. It still continues to regularly revolutionize the field of eyeglass lenses, such as with the invention of Individual® FrameFit® or the next generation of vision: i.Scription®.

  • 1901 – 1945
    Nobel Prize winner Allvar Gullstrand

    1901

    Start of collaboration with Swedish ophthalmologist and later Nobel Prize winner Allvar Gullstrand.


    Moritz von Rohr

    1908

    Moritz von Rohr calculates a point-focal imaging eyeglass lens which minimizes the blurring that occurs when looking through edge areas, thus laying the foundation for Punktal eyeglass lenses.


    1912

    Coinciding with the launch of PUNKTAL®, the OPTO department is founded on 1 April, the predecessor to the current Carl Zeiss Vision. Start of volume production of ZEISS eyeglass lenses.


    Vocational school for ophthalmology, Jena.

    1917

    A state-run vocational school for eye care professionals is founded in Jena with ongoing financial support from the Carl Zeiss Foundation.


    1945

    Jena is initially occupied by American forces who take the leading employees to the American Zone before Thuringia is handed over to the Soviet Union. These employees establish a new company in Oberkochen, which later also carries the name Carl Zeiss.


  • 1946 – today

    1957

    Relocation of eyeglass lens production from Oberkochen to Aalen.


    “Z” trademark

    1996

    Introduction of the"Z" trademark on all eyeglass lenses.


    SOLAOne™

    2005

    Acquisition of SOLA International Inc. Merger with the Eyeglass Lens Division to create Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH (50 percent owned by Carl Zeiss, 50 percent by the EQT private equity fund).


    Carl Zeiss Vision

    2010

    Carl Zeiss Vision becomes a 100 percent subsidiary of Carl Zeiss AG.


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