Cork is home to Alcon’s European manufacturing center for AcrySof® intraocular lenses.
Established in 1991 and acquired by Alcon in 2000. In 2006, the Cork plant began manufacturing Alcon’s AcrySof® intraocular lenses (IOLs), which replace the eye’s natural lens in cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the world today with surgeons around the world performing more than 10 million cataract surgeries annually. Alcon’s AcrySof® IOLs are the most frequently implanted lenses worldwide, with more than 30 million implants since their introduction in the mid-1990s.