Catalogue Number: 3975
Menicon Progent Contact Lens Cleaner Vials
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Menicon Co. Ltd.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2013
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Nagoya, Japan
Publisher/Manufacturer: Menicon Co. Ltd.
Description Of Item: Two strips of seven vials containing the solutions for Progent RGP contact lens protein remover. One strip has labels printed in red and white imprinted 'Solution A SP-intensivreiniger Protein Remover for RGP Contact Lenses 5 ml/ Active ingredient sodium hypochlorite/ Please refer to instructions for use a Menicon logo and Menicon. A Lot No. and expiry date also appear. The second strip is similarly imprinted in blue but with Solution B and Potassium bromide replacing the relevant sections. Temporary storage Box A
Historical Significance: Progent protein remover was introduced to clean deposits from RGP lenses as silicon was introduced into materials.Menicon was founded in 1951 by Kyoichi Tanaka. He was an employee of an optical shop in Nagoya when he first heard about contact lenses from the wife of a US army officer, who was a regular customer. He subsequently established a contact lens manufacturing business, producing contact lenses, the first made in Japan, using aircraft windshield glass and an adapted machining lathe. The Nippon Contact Lens Research Institute was founded in 1952 and full-scale production began in that year. The Nippon Contact lens Company was founded in 1965 and Menicon was registered as a trademark in 1967. Menicon soft was introduced in 1973. In 1987 Tokyo Contact Lens Co., Ltd. and Menicon Co Ltd. merged to become the new Menicon Co Ltd. (See also Cat nos 1937, 2524, 3951)
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 17/7/2017
Condition: Very Good
Location: Archive Room. East wall Unit 5 Cupboard