Who Invented Contact Lenses and In What Year

A Brief History of Contact Lens Invention and Inventors

This contact lens history describes crucial invention milestones. Who invented contact lenses? Just keep reading to find out the inventors…

From this brief contact lens history, for example, you’ll learn when soft bifocal contact lenses were first available. The following timeline provides short description of important invention milestones.


1508Leonardo da Vinci illustrates the ideas of contact lenses
1827Sir John Herschel proposes making a contact lens that conform perfectly to the eye’s surface
1887F.E. Muller produces the first glass contact lens
1936William Feinbloom produces the first contact lens containing both glass and plastic
1948Kevin Tuohy begins manufacturing contact lenses made entirely of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plastic
1971Soft contacts become commercially available in the United States
1978Toric contact lenses are commercially distributed in the United States
1979Introduction of rigid gas permeable, RGP contact lenses
1981FDA approval of extended wear contact lenses (soft contacts)
1982Daily wear soft bifocal contact lenses become available for commercial distribution
1986Extended wear gas permeable contact lenses available
1987Introduction of disposable soft contact lenses
1991Planned replacement soft contact lenses introduced
1995Daily or One-day disposable soft contact lenses introduced
1998First Multifocal disposable soft contact lenses available


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Who Invented Contact Lenses and In What Year was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by Marcelli