SOLA Low Vision Aid Bifocal Trial Set

Catalogue Number: 2753
SOLA Low Vision Aid Bifocal Trial Set
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Low vision aid
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1970
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: SOLA (Scientific Optical Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd)
Description Of Item: Boxed set of seven High Add bifocal trial lenses. Each plano 37mm diameter lens has a 24mm round bifocal segment; addition powers +4, +5, +6, +8, +10, +12, +16. Case has black leather-look cover and satin lining. Gold lettering on outside: SOLA L.V.A. TRIAL SET. Case: 222mm x 70mm x 37mm
Historical Significance: SOLA was a successful Australian enterprise that made CR39 lenses and a range of optical and ophthalmic instruments. It was founded in July 1960 when the Adelaide optometry firm, Laubman & Pank, renamed an existing subsidiary company, Photographic Supplies Limited, as Scientific Optical Laboratories of Australia Pty Ltd (later to become SOLA International Pty Ltd) for the purposes of continuing the binocular repairs and defence optical work, developing the CR39 technology and designing, making and selling optical surfacing machinery. Don Schultz and David Pank were appointed directors. The company was physically separated from Laubman & Pank in 1962 by a move to Black Forest, a suburb of Adelaide and later to Lonsdale in the south of Adelaide. See Watkins RW Donald Herbert Schultz Intellectual, inventor and benefactor 1910-1987. Clin Exp Optom 2004; 87: 3: 187-190 for information on Dr Donald Schultz who probably designed this lens set.
How Acquired: Donated by Alan Isaacs
Date Acquired: Sep 2015
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 5 Drawer 2

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