EST 1853
OpticianJohn Bausch
FinancierHenry Lomb
Bausch + Lomb began as an American company founded in Rochester, New York

Our Mission

Bausch + Lomb is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bausch Health, a diverse health care company that is committed to improving the health and well-being of patients and consumers around the world.  

Trust, mutual respect and ethical behavior are essential to Bausch + Lomb’s relationships with our healthcare professional partners, our customers, and our employees. In these relationships, we must conduct our business with the highest ethical standards − always ensuring that our behaviors are consistent with both the letter and the spirit of company policies, laws and regulations and with the exercise of good business judgment.

Sixty dollars and a handshake

John Jacob Bausch opens an optic store in Rochester, New York. He borrows $60 from his friend Henry Lomb to expand the business, sealing the deal with a handshake.

Bausch & Lomb expanded its product line with the manufacture of photographic lenses

George Eastman’s first Kodak camera featured Bausch & Lomb lens, and until 1912, the Rochester-based Eastmen Kodak Company would rely heavily on Bausch & Lomb-made camera lenses and shutters.

Helping the war effort

U.S government establishes glass research laboratory at Bausch & Lomb in Rochester. Company produces 40,000 pounds of optical glass per month for WW I effort.

A fashion icon

Ray Ban sunglasses are sold to the public for the first time.

Bausch & Lomb wins an Oscar

Awarded the Oscar from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences for the CinemaScope lens

A first for soft contact lenses

Bausch & Lomb introduces Soflens the world’s first mass-produced soft contact lens. Sales top $10 million by the end of the year.

Sponsoring the Olympics

Bausch & Lomb becomes one of the ten global sponsors of the Olympic Games.

A new focus

Establishes a Surgical business unit focusing on cataract surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, and laser vision correction.

Advancing contact lenses

Launch of world’s first silicone hydrogel contact lens, PureVision

Bausch & Lomb celebrates 150 years

The causes we’ve supported

In 2010, Bausch + Lomb UK staff launched “BEST”. The objective is to create opportunities to build relationships between office and field staff through social events and fundraising activities. 

Strengthen the internal community to help the external community. 

BEST organises various social events such as Bingo Night, Games Night, Summer Party and Halloween Pub Quiz for Employees throughout the year with the purpose in raising money from ticket sales and raffles for our chosen charity Fight for Sight.  

Fight for Sight is a UK organisation who funds pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.  Their aim is to support research that will reduce sight loss in adults and children. Their vision is “A future everyone can see”.  Fight for Sight does not receive any government funding and completely relies on the support of fundraisers and donors. B+L have been supporting Fight for Sight since 2011.  

Bausch + Lomb Kingston raised a total of £2,443 for Fight for Sight

Bausch + Lomb Kingston raised a total of £2,912 for Fight for Sight

Bausch + Lomb Kingston raised a total of £3,340 for Fight for Sight

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