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Essilor to Award 2008 Varilux Student Grants

By Essilor News


DALLAS – (October 24, 2007) – Essilor of America, Inc. (EOA) is currently searching for optometry students across the country to submit applications for the annual Varilux® Student Grant Award program. The grants will be awarded to third-year and fourth-year optometry students.

Applicants must submit case reports on patients fit with Varilux lenses to the school's clinical staff. The clinical faculty and staff will select one recipient based on dispensing skills, application of Varilux lenses to patient needs, analysis of the case, analysis of the lens design and lens performance.

“Essilor has sponsored this program for more than 20 years, and we are a proud supporter of optometric education,” said Dr. Rodney Tahran, EOA vice president of professional relations and clinical affairs. “This is only a small part of our ongoing commitment to optometry students and the optometric profession.”

The student with the winning case report at each school will receive a $1,000 grant and entry into the national judging. The national award winner and faculty advisor will each receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the joint meeting of the American Optometry Association (AOA) and American Optometric Student Association (AOSA), to be held June 25–June 29, 2008 in Seattle, WA.

Reports should include patient's old and new prescription, occupation, hobbies and any other pertinent information. Student information must include name, address, e-mail address, telephone number and W9 form (available at

Applicants should submit completed entries in printed form, on CD-ROM or by e-mail to the attention of Danne Ventura ( or by mail at Essilor Lenses, 13555 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75234. Entries must be postmarked or received by February 1, 2008.


Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive,  high-index and anti-reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses,  Essilor employs more than 8,500 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the  Varilux®, Crizal®, Thin&Lite®, DEFINITY™ and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA) is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands, including Essilor premium lenses, to eyecare professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a  subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, S.A., the worldwide leader in ophthalmic lenses and a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).