A Historical Insight Into Contact Lenses
The origin of contact lens could be traced back to sixteenth century. A good number of inventors or scientists have contributed to the evolution and modification of the concept behind contact lenses. So no single person could be adjudged as the sole inventor of contact lenses.
However credit for the modern form of contact lens is usually attributed to F.E.Muller. F.E.Muller’s version came up in 1887. The other one who is also considered as one of pivotal contributor to the evolution of contact lenses is Rene Descrates. Descrates invented corneal contact lens. Another British scientist Jhon Herschel’s contribution is widely acknowledged.
Second half of nineteenth century witnessed a new herald in the history of contact lenses with lots of inventions and innovations. That was the period in which mainstream of society got aware of the lenses that could be directly placed on cornea or sclera. However this awareness was limited to only niche.
Eugen Fick’s Scleral contact shells in late nineteenth century became an instant hit among niche. This lens was later on modified by August Miller.
With the advent of plastic scleral lenses contact lens history took a new turn and researches were diverted towards lot of sophisticated substitutes of glass contacts. William Feinbloom is considered as pioneer of plastic contact lenses. One more scientist of that period Joseph Dallos earned accolade for his contribution.
George Butterfield earned recognition for improved corneal lens. This is the way contact lenses underwent the modifications.
More sophisticated and comfy lenses came on the block once Silicone hydrogel was introduced. These are common historical facts available on contact lenses.
This ever growing contact lens history suggests that people were actually in need of a better contact lens. Some historians of contact lenses suggest that it was Leonardo Da Vinci who first toyed with the idea of contact lenses.
Even now innovations haven’t stopped and new models of contact lenses keep coming up. Colored contact lenses have given a different turn to the history of contact lens. With advent of colored contacts, contact lens usage is not confined to only vision correction instead it could be used for fashion and fun purposes as well.
Disposable contact lenses have resulted in a great surge in popularity of contact lenses. Also the falling prices have made it possible for average users to use contact lenses.
History doesn’t end here. Many more innovations are impending, that are likely to come soon on the block.