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.

1508
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.

1636
Rene Descartes writes Dioptric, in which he explains his theories on light and vision and proposes the idea of a corneal contact lens.

1685
Philippe de la Hire creates drawings that illustrate how a concave lens placed on an eye could send light into the retina.

1801
Working from Descartes’ idea, Thomas Young creates a corneal contact lens to correct his own vision.

1887
Adolf Eugen Fick, a German physiologist, creates the first successful contact lens

1887
F.E. Muller, a German glassblower, creates the first glass contact lens.

1940s
Corneal contact lenses are sold commercially for the first time.

1961
Czech chemist Otto Wichterle invents soft contact lenses.

1971
Bausch & Lomb introduces the first commercial soft contact lens.

1981
After FDA approval, the first contact lenses suitable for extended and overnight wear are sold.

1991
Frequent-replacement soft lenses are sold for the first time.

1992
The first colored disposable soft lenses are created.

1995
One-day disposable lenses are sold for the first time.

1996
Disposable lenses featuring UV filters are introduced in the U.S.

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