Catalogue Number: 2599
Optima Colours Soft Contact Lens Trial Set Vials
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Bausch and Lomb (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Sydney, Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Bausch and Lomb (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Description Of Item: Four vials 40 mm high and 22 mm diameter with plastic resealable caps labelled Optima Colours, Base Curve 8.4 mm, Power Plano and Bausch and Lomb (Australia) Pty. Ltd. The bottom half of the label is coloured corresponding to the tint type on the label:Dark Green, Turquoise, Topaz or Grey. The Dark Green vial contains a tinted soft contact lens,the other vials are empty.
Historical Significance: These vials were supplied by Bausch an Lomb to store samples of their opaque tinted soft contact lenses. The lenses were supplied in blisters but after their first use, needed a storage means for disinfection before further demonstration. Rubber bung and crimped metal seals may have been used prior to the availability of the plastic seals. Lenses were also produced in 8.7 mm base curve. See Cat. No. 2600
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 16/01/2013
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 16