Gelflex Alpha Soft Contact Lens Colour Samples

Catalogue Number: 3442
Gelflex Alpha Soft Contact Lens Colour Samples
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Gelflex Laboratories
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1995-1996
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Perth, Western Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Gelflex Laboratories
Description Of Item: Four vials, 38 mm high of diameter 22 mm three with green metal caps and one with a silver cap. Each vial contains a tinted soft contact lens and carries a green and white label bearing the words Gelflex, Alpha (Polymacon) and Gelflex Laboratories West Perth WA 6872 Australia in white. Lenses are all 14.0 mm in diameter with base curves of 8.2,8., 8.6 and 8.8 4 mm, powers of -3.00, -2.75, -3.25 (x2) and tints (Lt Ocean Blue, Lt Jade, Lt Choc Brown and Lt Caramel Brown. Batch codes include S or T which suggests a manufacture date of 1995 or 1996
Historical Significance: Tinted lens samples were made available to optometrists to demonstrate to patients the available tints and how they would affect the appearance of the eye. There was a variety of Light, Medium and Dark tints usually in Blue, Aqua, Green and Brown and Amber. Tints were available with or without a clear pupil zone and of varying diameters dependent on the patient's iris diameter. Lenses were tinted during manufacture and could be of almost any parameters. There was some restriction on the type of material. Polymacon 38% was one of the most suitable materials for tinting.Gelflex Laboratories is an independent contact lens manufacturer in Perth, Western Australia. Originally named Western Australian Contact Lens Manufacturing it was formed in 1971 by contact lens pioneer and innovator, Don Ezekiel.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 27/11/2017
Condition: Good
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 16

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