Alcon Ireland Celebrates 25 Years of Helping People See Clearly
A quarter century committed to patients and quality
Jan 24, 2017
The Alcon facility in Cork, Ireland, manufactures Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) to help restore sight for patients suffering from cataracts. Over the years, the site has become a flagship for Alcon in Europe, with more than 450 associates focused on quality manufacturing. Together, they help to enhance the lives of people around the world.
Cataract sufferers often struggle with blurry vision, double vision, light-sensitivity, and difficulty seeing colors. 1 It’s almost like opening your eyes underwater. Unfortunately, there's no way to prevent cataracts. They often come with age, and are the leading cause of treatable blindness worldwide. That’s where IOLs come in. Alcon manufactures this special kind of lens to replace the eye’s natural lens during cataract surgery. In fact, Alcon IOLs are the most implanted lenses worldwide.
It's clear to see associates in Cork take their role in improving sight seriously. For more than a quarter century, they have centered their operations on quality manufacturing of ophthalmic devices. Today they enhance that commitment with a program called “Quality Matters.” The Quality Matters program is a global Alcon program that encourages employees to ‘Always ask why’ and to ‘Think quality always’.
In addition to spotlighting quality, associates stay up-to-date on safety practices, the latest manufacturing programs like Lean Six Sigma, and problem-solving techniques. The site has a strong record of safety and compliance, and meets several global regulatory certifications.
Jackie Murphy, general manager, Alcon Ireland, notes, “Employees at Cork work hard every day to ensure patients and customers receive only the highest quality products.” Jackie has been with the Cork site since it started, first as a Summit Autonomous facility. The site was then acquired by Alcon in 2000.
Continuous Improvement and Diversity
Considering her 25 years at Alcon, Jackie says a focus on continuous improvement and diversity has allowed the facility to adapt. In that time, the team has grown from 13 associates to more than 450. Associates aren't only from Ireland. The team includes people from 16 countries. To learn more about the team – and find out how you might become a part of it – read more about careers at Alcon Ireland.
In the end, though, it’s the commitment to patients that makes the Cork facility a success. As Jackie notes, “Patients are at the center of everything we do and are at the heart of our commitment to quality. The dedication and professionalism of our associates has made Alcon Ireland a success story.”