Contact Lenses


William Feinbloom (1904-1985)—a New Yorker who received an optometric degree from the Columbia University School of Optometry in 1923, and later a PhD from that school—developed the first practical contact lenses in 1936, and established Optical Research, Inc. soon thereafter. That firm donated these contact lenses to the Smithsonian in 1942.

Maker: Optical Research, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Optical Research, Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-05145Accession Number: 164336Catalog Number: M-05145

Object Name: Contact Lens, Batch ofcontact lenses, setOther Terms: Contact Lens, Batch of; Medicine

Measurements: overall: 1 in x 12 in x 3 1/8 in; 2.54 cm x 30.48 cm x 7.9375 cm


Record Id: nmah_1459681

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