Catalogue Number: 2511
Durasoft 3 Coloured Soft Contact Lens Display Rack and Lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Wesley Jessen Corporation
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1992
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Chicago, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Wesley Jessen Corporation
Description Of Item: Clear plastic rack 343 x 95 x 23 mm with locations for 18 contact lens vials. Front is labelled Durasoft 3 Colours and the top front has 9 colour specifications on it on a multi-colour panel. Eleven lens vials capped with re-useable plastic caps contain each of the colours:Baby Blue, Emerald Green (2), Aqua, Hazel, Sapphire Blue (2), Jade Green, Violet, Misty Grey and Chestnut Brown in solution.. Vial labels have been partially removed to expose lens colour. Expiry dates from 1/94 to 1/96. Base curves: assorted 8.3, 8.6 and 9.0mm.
Historical Significance: In 1986 Wesley Jessen introduced the dot matrix method of opaque lens tints to change eye colour. Former lens tints were transparent and could enhance some eye colours but had no effect on dark eyes. The central area of the lens was clear to allow normal vision. Trial sets like this were used to demonstrate the eye colour change possible. Later variations provided a more natural look to the colour change with darker limbal rings and graded pupil margin effects. Durasoft 2 were 38% water content, Durasoft 3, 55%.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 16/01/2013
Condition: Good. Some vial labels damaged
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Drawer 2