Rare yet Interesting Facts about Contact Lenses from Park Ophthalmology

clker-eyes-pixabayPark Ophthalmology patients have a wealth of choices as they head to 2017 when it comes to vision correction and services. Consulting with Dr. Beth R. Friedland on the best treatment, whether it involves surgery, eye glasses or contact lenses, is very important. Across the Triangle, patients who use contact lenses benefit from the latest technological advances Park Ophthalmology can offer. It is interesting to note that contact lenses were first proposed more than 500 years ago, and these lenses have come a long way in terms of both comfort and quality.

Park Ophthalmology offers five interesting and rare facts about the history of contact lenses:

  • Da Vinci’s idea: Inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci proposed an idea in 1508 for altering corneal power. He described how vision could be affected by submerging one’s head in a bowl of water. A century later, French scientist Rene Descartes postulated that a clear glass tube filled with liquid and placed directly on the eye would enhance vision.
  • Eye mold: In the early 1800s, English astronomer Sir John Herschel proposed the idea of making a mold of a person’s eye, which could be used to create individualized corrective lenses. However, Herschel never tested his idea.
  • Wearable lenses: In the 1880s, glass lenses were tested on rabbits and a small group of volunteers in Europe. The glass covered both the cornea and the exposed white of the eye. They could only be worn for a few hours at a time.
  • Plastic lenses: Hard glass lenses remained the only contacts available until the 1930s, when plastic was merged with glass to create lighter, more comfortable contacts. As with the glass lenses, these were large scleral lenses, meaning they covered both cornea and exposed sclera. In 1948, smaller, all-plastic lenses that just covered the corneas were introduced.
  • Rapid changes: Since the 1970s, contact lenses have undergone significant advances. Some improvements include the development of soft contacts, disposable contacts, lenses for overnight wear, and breathable lenses. Today’s lenses are specialized for different eye conditions, greatly widening the options for patients.

Patients need to look at all the options.  Please call Park Ophthalmology today and make an appointment with Beth R. Friedland M.D.; she will assess individual eye health issues and develop a personalized treatment plan that is best for each patient.

We look forward to serving our Raleigh and Durham patients in the Triangle.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com.

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