Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Public Advisory: Essilor Philippines Warns Public on Eye Refraction Scam

I must admit, I was also victimized by a scam before.  

Whenever I hear stories about people being victimized by scam, I also feel sad for them.  I do not want to judge them as being stupid or foolish for being a prey to these scammers. This is a hard lesson learned for each and every one.  Some people will say, "Walang manloloko kung walang magpapaloko," but for me fooling people is a work of the devil.

Anyway, Essilor is one of the leading brands in improving our eyesight, and I feel blessed to be able to test their lenses (see blog posts here and here).  Essilor is the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company and the makers of Crizal®, Transitions® and Varilux®.  

However, there are unscrupulous individuals who go around the country claiming to be eye doctors and collecting money for eye refraction posing as Essilor employees.  I also wear eyeglasses so when I heard about this latest scam, I am alarmed.   Eye care is one of the important things that we should not take for granted.

Essilor Philippines posted a warning in response to numerous complaints that they have received and heard.  There were some people who were approached by these pseudo eye doctors for eye refraction in exchange for a fee, and were given and Essilor order form as proof of purchase.  Unfortunately, no eyeglasses were said to have been provided during or after these transactions.

At present, Essilor Philippines is currently investigating these complaints and will exercise all legal actions against those deemed guilty of the above-mentioned offense.

The public is advised that Essilor Philippines does not in any way solicit money for vision screening outside of its accredited vendors, clinics, and licensed eye care professionals. Consumers who require eye refraction are advised to visit accredited optical shops, eye clinics and deal only with licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists. The company also conducts vision screenings in select communities for free. Essilor does not sell its products directly to consumers, but through accredited optical shops, eye clinics, and licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Essilor Philippines requests the public to beware of this scam and to report any suspicious transactions and individuals engaged in this fraudulent act at www.essilor.com.ph.



About Essilor
The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique visual requirements. To support this vision, the Company allocates over €160 million to research and development every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Essilor’s flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®,TransitionsTM,  Xperio® and OptifogTM.
It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.
Essilor reported consolidated revenue of €4.9 billion in 2012 and employs around 50,700 people in some 100 countries. It operates 19 plants, a total of 390 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.
Essilor was classified by Forbes magazine as being among the world’s 30 most innovative companies.

For more information, please visit www.essilor.com.ph.

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