That’s ok Steve, I just enjoyed researching the lens and medical equipment manufacturer, Largest in the World, French and on the Cac 40 stock market.
So Mikes comment about not believing everything I read is somewhat off the mark.
Essilor International S.A. is a French company that produces ophthalmic lenses along with ophthalmic optical equipment. It is based in Charenton-le-Pont (near Paris), France, and quoted on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange.
Essilor is responsible for creating Varilux, the world’s first progressive lens which corrects presbyopia and allows clear vision in the wearer’s near, intermediate and far vision. The company formed from the merger of ophthalmic firms Essel and Silor in 1972. Essilor now operates in over 100 countries over five continents. Its activities are largely focused on research and development. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses.(ack to Wiki for info.)
Having just looked at order confirmation again I see I’m paying much more for Essilor 161.12€ lens, better quality + UV CHRONO coating, than the frames.
2nd pair (sunglasses) lens with same visual distance but different frames are almost free at €20 only. 1st pair, net of 15% discount but incl taxes,
If I’d not upped the lens quality or had them coated, I could have only paid paid 222.95€ for the 2 pairs, also No P&P charges, 2 yr warranty on frames, opticians advice and proper fitting next week.
Vero’s needs and mine are/were different from the norm for specific reasons. I have seen through my investigating the websites I could have reduced the cost by buying exactly same specs (specifications!) online here, but I’d still need them fitted and would not necessarily have understood the differences on my own, so needs must and do cost me more this time.