contact lenses

Contact Lenses

Posted on January 12, 2015

Leonardo da Vinci was the first person to think of putting a corrective lens directly on the eye. Since then, contact lenses have become a mainstay of many people’s daily routine. Here’s our history of contact lenses.

Leonardo da Vinci first has the idea of placing a corrective lens directly onto the surface of the eye and draws sketches of his idea.

Rene Descartes writes Dioptric, in which he explains his theories on light and vision and proposes the idea of a corneal contact lens.

Philippe de la Hire creates drawings that illustrate how a concave lens placed on an eye could send light into the retina.

Working from Descartes’ idea, Thomas Young creates a corneal contact lens to correct his own vision.

Adolf Eugen Fick, a German physiologist, creates the first successful contact lens

F.E. Muller, a German glassblower, creates the first glass contact lens.

Corneal contact lenses are sold commercially for the first time.

Czech chemist Otto Wichterle invents soft contact lenses.

Bausch & Lomb introduces the first commercial soft contact lens.

After FDA approval, the first contact lenses suitable for extended and overnight wear are sold.

Frequent-replacement soft lenses are sold for the first time.

The first colored disposable soft lenses are created.

One-day disposable lenses are sold for the first time.

Disposable lenses featuring UV filters are introduced in the U.S.

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