CibaVision illusions Tinted Soft Contact Lens Trial Set

Catalogue Number: 2656
CibaVision illusions Tinted Soft Contact Lens Trial Set
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: CibaVision Corporation
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1997
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: CibaVision Corporation
Description Of Item: Seven vials 45 mm high and diameter 22 mm, two of which have plastic re-sealable caps, two of which have blue metal caps and three of which have metal caps surmounted by a grey plastic disc with an embossed CibaVision logo. Each vial contains one soft contact lens with an annular white striated pattern. the lens is tinted with a transparent tint the colour of which is designated by a small round coloured label affixed to the main label of the vial. The colours are Medium Amber, Medium Blue,Medium Green, Jade, Violet, Blue and Brown. The main label has a gold rectangular section imprinted with Illusions, CibaVision and CibaVision Logo. The remainder of the label is white with lens parameters BC 8.38.6 or 8.9 Diam 13.8 and lens power +1.00. -1.00 or -0.50 typewritten on below the gold rectangle. Bar codes and expiry dates (09 to 12/2000) are typewritten at one end of the label. Part of the label appears to have been removed to show the lens more easily. Vials re displayed in a clear Perspex stand.
Historical Significance: Illusions lenses were an early attempt by CibaVision to produce a lens which could change eye colour. The white striated annulus obscured the natural colour of the eye and the application of a Softcolour tint produced the desired colour change. (See Cat # 2544) Dot matrix coloured tints developed by Wesley-Jessen were a more effective means of achieving eye colour change. This technology was acquired by CibaVision when it acquired Wesley- Jessen in 2000
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 16/01/2013
Condition: Good, blue label missing and blue hand-written on that label
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Drawer 5

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