Precision is our business

Optical innovation is not a matter of luck at Carl Zeiss

Figuring out what defines performance and drives Carl Zeiss takes just one look at its more than 160 years of corporate history. We are driven by precision.

Precision is our business

Carl Zeiss was the first manufacturer of individual, customized progressive lenses.

Carl Zeiss is one of the world’s innovation and technology leaders. The chip manufacturing plants of the semiconductor industry depend on hundredweight ZEISS high-performance lenses for their lithography optics – the brains of their production machines. The automotive and aeronautics industries measure the accuracy of their products and components with devices supplied by the inventor of the CNC coordination measuring technology – Carl Zeiss.


Carl Zeiss Meditec AG is the leading global provider of medical technology for diagnosing and treating vision problems and the market leader in innovative visualization solutions for neurological and ENT surgery applications.


Google Earth uses ZEISS lenses in its telescopes to take photographs of the earth. The first moon landing was recorded for all eternity in 1969 – with ZEISS lenses. Nokia cell phones are equipped with ZEISS lenses today. Nobel Price laureates place their faith ZEISS microscopes.

Precision is our business

Google Earth utilizes ZEISS lenses in its telescopes

ZEISS is the inventor of the anti-reflective coating and received a patent for a coating process that minimizes reflection on glass surfaces in 1935. It was subsequently used by Carl Zeiss for the first time in its eyeglass lens manufacturing processes. Carl Zeiss was also the first company to manufacture individual, customized progressive lenses.


The one element that connects all of these episodes of the company’s long history is amazing precision: it is the accuracy of the reflected image; the fact that everything is broken down to the most minute detail. Professionals count on the dependability of these products, as do millions of people who wear glasses and opt for Carl Zeiss lenses.