Founded in 1945, Alcon Laboratories operates in more than 70 countries throughout the world. The company maintains various research and development facilities. It has manufacturing plants in the United States. The company maintains a surgical division that offers viscoelastics under the BSS PLUS and DisCoVisc brands. It develops, manufactures and distributes a variety of medicines. The company also has a pharmaceutical division that manufactures medicines for the treatment of eye allergies. The company serves customers in the eye care surgical market. It serves customers in over 180 countries. It manages a staff of nearly 15,000 people worldwide. Alcon Laboratories is a part of Nestl , which is on of the leading nutrition, health and wellness companies in the world.