Connect with us

Headlines

The Man Who Developed Soft Contacts Never Wore Them

mm

Published

on

Otto Wichterle stuck with glasses until his death in 1998.

Before his resistance to Soviet control cost him his job as dean of Prague’s Institute for Chemical Technology, Czech scientist Otto Wichterle invented a water-loving polymer that was thin and transparent enough to be used as soft contact lenses. But the lenses’ edges were too jagged for practical use. Wichterle believed that the problem was not the material but the method. In 1961, he built a machine from household bits and pieces that solved the problem, and eventually the Czech government sold the patent on his invention to an American entrepreneur. Even after his soft lenses were being used by millions of people, Wichterle continued to wear glasses until his death in 1998.

Read more and see images at The Atlantic

SPONSORED VIDEO

Sponsored by Shamir

Customer Focused, Service Oriented, Forward Thinking

for life improvement, fashion, performance sports, occupational single vision, and progressive lenses. Our values, the driving force behind our ideas and actions, keep the ECP in the center. Every Shamir representative is personally committed to our customers’ vision, and to providing the best service and support to meet and exceed their expectations, all with a personal touch.

Promoted Headlines

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe


BULLETINS

Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION.

Advertisement

Most Popular