Ciba Vision is one of the largest manufacturers for contact lenses and care products in the world and invests a lot of time and energy in research, development and manufacture. This has been crucial to helping Ciba Vision be able to hold its own as one of the most innovative market leaders for years. In the field of contact lenses they produce every kind of lens, for example daily lenses, soft monthly lenses, toric lenses, tinted lenses, bi-focal or multi-focal lenses and day and night lenses. Even in the field of care products, the spectrum is wide, reaching from combi-solutions to peroxide systems and salt solutions, protein removal and re-hydration solutions.
Ciba Vision was founded in 1980. In 1981 the company came onto the market with the first, slightly tinted, soft contact lens. Three years later, in 1984, the first tinted lenses could be introduced.
In 1990, the most famous contact lens Ciba Vision had invented was born: The Focus brand of monthly lenses.
The coming years were devoted to the development of care products. During the time from 1993 to 1997, among other things, the contact lens care products Quickcare, AOSept and Solo Care were created, where by Solo Care is the first all-in-one care and cleansing product. The All-in-One solutions, also known as combi-solutions, were born.
In 1996, Ciba Vision's mother company Ciba Geigy merged with the company Sandoz and founded the world renowned company Novartis. The Novartis main offices are in Basel, in Switzerland and they employ around 90,000 people and have branches in 140 countries in the world. As part of the main concern in the area of "Consumer Health", responsible for optical medicine, products from Ciba Vision are available in more than 70 countries in the world today.
Ciba Vision has chosen the city Großwallstadt to house its German branch and employs around 1,000 people. A further 150 employees work in Großostheim and, instead of developing the lenses, they market and distribute the contact lenses in Germany.
One can say that the research and development departments in Ciba Vision are never quiet. The most innovative recent products in the field of contact lenses were the breathable contact lenses Air Optix Aqua, made of silicone hydrogel, and are also known as silicon hydrogel lenses. The day and night lenses in the Air Optix range can be worn for up to 30 days and 29 nights in one go and are also available as multi-focal lenses and toric lenses, which are used to correct astigmatism. Other known and loved products are the Dailies AquaComfort Plus daily disposable lenses, which are also available in the Freshlook range as colour-changing or colour intensifying lenses.
They have remained consequentially innovative in the field of care products. In their range, amongst others, they have the single-stage peroxide system AOSept Plus or the all-in-one solution Solocare Aqua.