Catalogue Number: 2641
Gelflex Triton Bifocal Soft Contact Lens Fitting Set
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Gelflex Laboratories
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1998
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Perth, Western Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Gelflex Laboratories
Description Of Item: White cardboard box 118 x 78 x 47 mm to the top of which is affixed a label bearing the printed words Gelflex Triton Soft Lens Fitting Set and hand-written words Old Superceded.The side of the box bears a round label with Plano +2.00 written on it. The underside of the box bears #273 crossed out and T021. The box contains cardboard dividers and 6 metal capped vials each containing a clear or tinted (Aqua Handling Tint , Violet H/T or Blue H/T) soft contact lens. Vials bear a white and silver label, the silver section of which is framed in red. This section bears the words Triton Translating Soft Bifocal Lens , Alpha, Gelflex Laboratories and Manufactured by Gelflex Laboratories Perth WA 6017 Australia. The right hand white sections have typewritten lens parameters, the word trial, tint details and batch number ending in V which identifies the year of manufacture as 1998. Base curves range from 7.8 to 8.8 in 0.2 mm steps and diameters from 12.5 to 14.0. All are labelled -3.00 +2.00 Add despite the box label. The left-hand white section has printed Contains one sterile hydrophilic contact lens 61.4% Polymacon 38.6% water immersed in 0.9% buffered saline solution. Caution: Law prevents dispensing without a prescription.
Historical Significance: 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. The Triton lens was developed as an alternative to the simultaneous vision bifocal lenses in an effort to give better vision for both distance and near visual tasks.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 16/01/2013
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 16