Menicon Progent Vials

Catalogue Number: 3951
Menicon Progent Vials
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Menicon Co. Ltd, Nagoya, Japan
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: C 2014
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Nagoya, Japan
Publisher/Manufacturer: Menicon Co. Ltd, Nagoya, Japan
Description Of Item: Two identical clear plastic vials with green caps 34 mm high x 38 mm diam. Cap has Menicon logo embossed centrally on top, the underside has two clear flexible claws to secure rigid contact lenses and L and R embossed beside them
Historical Significance: Menicon Progent is a product designed to remove deposits from Rigid contact lenses. Two sachets of chemicals are mixed in the vial and the lenses suspended in the solution secured in the clips.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. which now manufactures, sells, exports, and imports contact lenses and other medical goods as well as medical Instruments, medical supplies and research and development of intraocular lenses.(See also Cat nos 1937, 2524, 3975 )
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates
Date Acquired: 15/5/2019
Condition: Very Good
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 16

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