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Manufacturing & Production // Medical Devices
Established in

About us

Alcon Inc. is the global leader in eye care, dedicated to helping people see brilliantly.

With our 70-plus-year heritage, we are the largest eye care device company in the world – with complementary businesses in Surgical and Vision Care. Being a truly global company, we work in over 70 countries and serve patients in more than 140 countries. 

We have a long history of industry firsts, and each year we commit a substantial amount in Research and Development to meet customer needs and patient demands. Today Alcon operates in seventy-four countries, serving patients in over 140 countries, employing over 20,000 associates worldwide.  

The Cork facility was established in 1991.  In 2006, the Cork plant began manufacturing Alcon’s intraocular lenses (IOLs), which replace the eye’s natural lens in cataract surgery. Alcon’s Clareon / AcrySof® IOLs are the most frequently implanted lenses worldwide. 

Alcon’s Cork facility is 13,657 square meters in size and employs over 700 associates. In an environment where quality and precision are critical, Alcon employs professionals with the skills and passion to meet the expectations of our customers, as well as the regulatory bodies that govern the development and manufacturing of our eye care products.

Patients are at the center of everything we do and at the heart of our commitment to quality. The Alcon facility in Cork is certified to ISO 13485, is MDD compliant and is an FDA approved manufacturing site.

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What employees say

“The Alcon placement in the Health, Safety and Environment Team far exceeded my expectations for an undergraduate placement! It was made clear from the start that I was to be an important member of the HSE team. As a small team it was easy to link in with other team members for their input on projects and discuss progress. My colleagues showed complete patience & faith in my ability to work to a high standard, something that I found it entirely rewarding to be seen as a competent member of the department. This placement absolutely opened my eyes to consider a HSE role to be a possible path for me in my future career! 

Erin Goodison
Undergraduate Work Placement
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What defines us

Founded in 1945 two pharmacists, Robert Alexander and William Connor opened a small pharmacy in Fort Worth, Texas, combining the first syllables of their last names to call it Alcon.

Built on three Foundational Principles and these principles still ring through today.

The Customer: ‘Our approach is medical specialist-oriented, in that we concentrate our efforts on seeing the needs of our patients through the eyes of the specialists who are treating them. We let the specialist tell us what he (or she) needs to treat patients’

Innovation: Technology is (of) primary importance to Alcon…Its distinction has resulted from focusing that technology on what the market identifies as better’ William Conner

Our People: ‘We recognized from the start that people can make the difference between success and failure and we have attempted always to foster an atmosphere that motivates and encourages these outstanding individuals to remain in our organization’ Robert Alexander

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What inspires us

Each year, our products touch the lives of millions of people living with conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases, dry eye, and refractive errors. We offer the most complete line of ophthalmic surgical devices and ocular health products and differentiated contact lens and lens care portfolio to help patients see, look and feel their best.

Sight is precious. That’s why Alcon is dedicated to preserving sight and the beauty that comes with it. Our associates recognize that by working at Alcon, we offer the opportunity to positively impact millions of people around the world.

By manufacturing Intraocular Lenses, Alcon Ireland plays an integral part in helping millions of people to see brilliantly. In fact, many associates and their extended families have been directly impacted by the products that we manufacture.

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