Intralens Intra-ocular Lens in Vial

Catalogue Number: 3922
Intralens Intra-ocular Lens in Vial
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Artificial eyes, facial prosthesis
Corporation: Charles W Neefe
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: C 1977
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Big Springs, Texas, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Neefe Optical Laboratory
Description Of Item: Sealed glass vial 49 mm high 24 mm diameter containing a sample intra-ocular lens secured by a thread clamped in the vial stopper with a silver coloured label affixed imprinted in black with a stylised eye logo and the words 'intralens series?/Type/Serial No./Neefe Optical Laboratory, Big Springs, Texas' and typewritten '19.25 diopter/ NOT FOR HUMAN USE'
Historical Significance: Charles W Neefe and his son Russell held a number of US patents for manufacturing processes for optical and contact lenses. Charles was the President of the US CLMA (Contact Lens Manufacturers Association) in 1976.This lens provided a starting point for a project by BJ Optics to manufacture intra-ocular lenses for Dr. Ronald Parker of Melbourne. The Kett Museum holds some of the prototype lenses in Cat. No. 3923
How Acquired: Donated by Bruce Workman
Date Acquired: 20-4-2019
Condition: Fair
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 16

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