Snoflex 50 trial contact lens set

Catalogue Number: 1938
Snoflex 50 trial contact lens set
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: Smith and Nephew
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne, Victoria
Publisher/Manufacturer: Snoflex Contact Lens Industries Ltd
Description Of Item: Contact lens trial set in a cream plastic box 164 x 82 x 22 H mm, with the words 'SNOFLEX 50' on the hinged lid. It contains 10 plastic round screw top containers in pairs affixed to a flat clear plastic base and a contact lens applicator in a transparent green cylindrical container. A label on the underside of the lid of the box identifies the parameters of the lens in each container, each of which is marked with a number 1 to 10.
Historical Significance: Smith & Nephew was a pharmaceutical company in UK formed in 1856 by Thomas Smith. Smith & Nephew Associated Companies (SANAC) was formed in 1957 and was involved in rigid contact lens manufacture and solution distribution in UK. S&N purchased Obrig UK in 1970 in preparation for entry into the soft contact lens market in 1971 in a joint venture with Hydron. Hydron made the lens buttons and S&N lathe cut the lenses. In 1974 S&N and Hydron split with S&N continuing to produce lathe cut lenses. Snoflex 50 was launched by S&N in November 1974
How Acquired: Donated by Elizabeth Hatfield, fellow of the College
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Drawer 2

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