Innovation has been a constant at HORIZONS OPTICAL since the company started out. Great advances in terms of innovation are the result of the work carried out by our R&D department, under the discipline of Design Thinking.

Design Thinking is a user-focused discipline that integrates people’s needs, with the possibilities of technology together with a viable business strategy.

HORIZONS OPTICAL increases its potential for innovation through open Innovation, with permanent collaboration with universities, technology centres, companies and suppliers totalling over 50 additional researchers. HORIZONS has led and participated in five open research projects funded by the European Commission in recent years.

Its research focuses on the development of ophthalmic lenses, using its own design technology and specific software tailored to the design.



I + D

Progressives & Single Vision


Lens Design is the team that, since FreeForm was first created, has enabled the launch on the market of such groundbreaking designs as EyeMADE, based on visual strategy; Ingenia, with the elimination of aberrations or Maxima, based on FreeMax advanced technology.


Clinical Testing, Visual strategy


User experience integrates the user's perspective in the whole process, for the design and evaluation of a product, system or service. The integration includes both emotional aspects of the user (predisposition, expectations, needs, motivations...) and characteristics of the system designed (complexity, usability, functionality...) and the context in which the interaction occurs.





Treatments is dedicated to the research and development of treatments for ophthalmic lenses that provide advantages such as hydrophobicity, lipophobicity, scratch resistance, anti-reflective treatments or protective filters (HORIZONS OPTICAL patented) of infrared or blue light.


Free Form


Prototypes and Metrology focuses on the search for new production processes and technologies; it seeks the maximum level of accuracy in metrology applied to lenses. In this sense, this team is responsible for all developments relating to FreeForm and FreeMax technology and associated measuring to ensure the quality of products on all machines that produce FreeForm lenses and FreeMax lenses.