Catalogue Number: 2510
Elegance Soft Contact Lens Trial Set
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Pilkington Barnes-Hind Ltd
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1992
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Southampton, UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: Pilkington Barnes-Hind Ltd
Description Of Item: White plastic hinged box 137 x 226 x 45 mm with central catch with label Elegance Soft Contact Lenses in naturally alluring shades and 'If the eyes are the windows to the soul should the view not be breathtaking...' and Barnes-Hind printed on it. The box contains ten vials each containing an opaque tinted soft contact lens with a clear centre and black limbal ring. Colours are dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green, hazel and grey,with two base curves-median and flat. One vial is unopened, the others are capped with re-useable plastic caps. Expiry dates from 07/94 to 02/96
Historical Significance: These coloured contact lenses were designed to change eye colour using opaque tints rather than enhance eye colour as transparent tints did. Early attempts were made by Titmus Eurocon from 1972. In 1986 Wesley Jessen introduced the dot matrix form of tint with Durasoft 2 and 3. Elegance was a further development introducing a limbal ring to the coloured section and retaining the clear central zone.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 16/01/2013
Condition: Good. Part of vial labels have been removed to enable lens colour to be seen.
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Drawer 5