Catalogue Number: 2619
Snosoft 50 Soft Contact Lens Trial Set
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Smith and Nephew
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1979-1982
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne, Victoria
Publisher/Manufacturer: Smith and Nephew
Description Of Item: Nine rectangular clear plastic containers 58 mm x 27 mm x 12 mm with moulded contact lens well with white screw top. Each container is labelled' Snosoft 50' and 'Bicurve Standard' in red. Lens parameters are typewritten on a separate rectangular label and have two lens diameters: 13.5 mm and 14.0 mm. Base curves of 13.5 mm lenses are 8.2, 8.4, 8.6 and 8.8 and 14.0 mm lenses are:8.4, 8.6, 8.8, 9.0 and 9.2. Each container a\has a number from 2 to 10 hand written on it. All lenses are marked -3.00. Stored in Cat. No. 3440.
Historical Significance: Smith & Nephew was a pharmaceutical company in UK formed in 1856 by Thomas Smith. Smith & Nephew Associated Companies (SANAC) was formed in 1957 and was involved in rigid contact lens manufacture and solution distribution in UK. S&N purchased Obrig UK in 1970 in preparation for entry into the soft contact lens market. In 1971 in a joint venture with Hydron. Hydron made the lens buttons and S&N lathe cut the lenses. In 1974 S&N and Hydron split with S&N continuing to produce lathe cut lenses. Snoflex 50 was launched by S&N in November 1974 and later re-named Snosoft 50.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 16/01/2013
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 16