The Evolution of the Contact Lens

The idea of a lens covering the eye has been around for a lot longer then people may realise. The greatest mind of the 1500s Leonardo Da Vinci is generally credited with the concept of the contact lens, however at the time technology just had not developed enough for a suitable material to be used.

The first usable model was invented and used in 1801 by a man named Thomas Young. He used wax to hold a water based lens to his eye which refracted the power somewhat. However at the time he did not actually make the lens for this refracted power.

the first reusable model that has similarities with today”s contact lenses was actually created in the late 1880s by a German ophthalmologist called Adolf Gaston Eugen Fick. Whilst working away in Zurich, he described fabricating a bifocal sclera contact lenses, which rested on the less sensitive rim of tissue around the cornea, and experimentally fitting them initially on rabbits, then on himself, and lastly on a small group of volunteers. These lenses were made from heavy blown glass and were 18–21 mm (0.71–0.83 in) in diameter.

Today Freshtone Carries on these men’s legacy by manufacturing the worlds best contact lenses in many color’s and ranges. We create world leading colors in blue contacts, brown contacts, green contacts and many many others. We also develop new and cutting edge lenses and maybe even one day, we will be able to instill workable nano technologies in such lenses to make everyday life better for all.