Catalogue Number: 2653
Gelflex Alpha Soft Contact Lens Colour Samples
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Gelflex Laboratories
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2006-2007
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Perth, Western Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Gelflex Laboratories
Description Of Item: Four vials, two 38 mm high of diameter 22 mm with re-sealable plastic caps, two 45 mm high of diameter 22 mm with metal caps with a green plastic disc attached. Each vial contains a tinted soft contact lens and carries a green and white label bearing the words Gelflex Laboratories, Polymacon 38% and Alpha in white and Gelflex Laboratories and a logo in green. Lenses are all 8.4 mm base curve and 14.0 mm diameter with different powers [-1.00, -5.75, -9.25 (x2)] and tints (Dark green, Dark emerald green, Mid green and Mid brown) Expiry dates are 01/2012, 02/2012, and 12/2011x2.
Historical Significance: Tinted lens samples were made available to optometrists to demonstrate to patients the available tints and how they would affect the appearance of the eye. There was a variety of Light, Medium and Dark tints usually in Blue, Aqua, Green and Brown and Amber. Tints were available with or without a clear pupil zone and of varying diameters dependent on the patient's iris diameter. Lenses were tinted during manufacture and could be of almost any parameters. There was some restriction on the type of material. Polymacon 38% was one of the most suitable materials for tinting.Gelflex Laboratories is an independent contact lens manufacturer in Perth, Western Australia. Originally named Western Australian Contact Lens Manufacturing it was formed in 1971 by contact lens pioneer and innovator, Don Ezekiel.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 6/01/2013
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 16