Early Contact Lens (Aug, 1930)

Clumsy Specs Eliminated by Small Invisible Eye Glass
AWKWARD and all-too-conspicuous spectacles may in time go the way of ear trumpets and bustles when the diminutive and invisible eyeglasses shown in the photos above, an invention of Prof. Dr. L. Heine of Kiel, Germany, come into widespread use. The glass is a thin curved lens that is worn monocle fashion beneath the eyelid in the horny coat of the eye. It can be inserted or extracted by the patient.

  1. Ergosum says: November 6, 200710:16 am

    It’s true they can’t be seen in the “photo” above. ¡It’s a drawing!

  2. Stannous says: November 6, 200710:26 am

    From Wiki:

    It was not until 1887 that a German glassblower, F.E. Muller, produced the first eye covering to be seen through and tolerated.[8] In the next year, the German physiologist Adolf Eugen Fick constructed and fitted the first successful contact lens. While working in Zürich, he described fabricating afocal scleral contact shells, 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 brown glass and were 18–21mm in diameter. Fick filled the empty space between cornea/callosity and glass with a grape sugar solution. He published his work, “Contactbrille”, in the journal Archiv für Augenheilkunde in March 1888.

    Fick’s lens was large, unwieldy, and could only be worn for a few hours at a time. August Müller in Kiel, Germany, corrected his own severe myopia with a more convenient glass-blown scleral contact lens of his own manufacture in 1888.

    Much more here, including a da Vinci version: http://en.wikipedia.org…

  3. Stannous says: November 6, 200710:42 am

    Related story:
    Garret Matthews, a biophysicist at the University of South Florida in Tampa, US, and his colleagues have come up with a design for artificial corneas that they say achieves this – using sea cucumbers.


  4. Geri ODonnell says: January 9, 20129:19 am

    I have a pair of contact lenses from the early 40’s, they are in perfect condition and in the original case. Are they worth anything.

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