O.D. Notebook: The Contact Lens Museum Opens

The Contact Lens Museum Opens

The Contact Lens Museum opened to the public on July 30, 2019. Conceived by Patrick J. Caroline, Jiah Pack and Craig Norman — longtime collectors of contact lens artifacts, instruments and publications — Visitors were welcomed from near and far with free general admission to the new facility, located in Forest Grove, Ore. (See photo.)
The Museum aims to preserve, protect and educate eye care practitioners, researchers, historians and the public about these optical devices and objects via more than 2,000 historical items that document the history of this field over the past 100+ years. 
Specifically, Museum features a chronological selection of the evolution of contact lenses from early glass and plastic scleral lenses, the discovery of corneal designs, original soft lenses from Czechoslovakia and GP designs through the recent rebirth of scleral lenses. 
Mr. Caroline notes that the museum will travel to at least four major contact lens meetings and education institutions in 2020.
The Contact Lens Museum is located at 2309 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday by appointment only. For more information, visit

Practice Tip: August is “Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.” With fall sports, such as soccer, about to kickoff, why not create awareness about sports eyewear? For specific tips, see
  • Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) announced the availability of a patient-focused Executive Summary of the TFOS Dry Eye WorkShop (DEWS) II Report, available at Creation of this document was prompted by the recognition that it is very important for patients to have access to, and to be able to rely on, accurate, relevant and comprehensive information about dry eye disease.
Company news
  • Clearwave, a provider of automated patient check-in solutions, named Mike Lamb as its new CEO. 
  • Innovega Inc., a developer of wearable displays, announced a milestone in the clinical development of the iOptik contact lens. The company received Institutional Review Board approval of a protocol for single exposure of the lens and prototype display eyewear for up to six hours, allowing augmented reality subject experts to report their observations when viewing media from the company’s eMacula near-eye display eyewear. 
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Samsung for augmented reality contact lenses, which are specialized contact lenses with a built-in hidden camera. Samsung notes that an external device, such as a smartphone, may include a program that interacts with the smart contact lens. 
  • Harrow Health Inc.’s Stowe Pharmaceuticals has entered into an agreement with TGV Health to acquire worldwide rights to the Zian anti-microbial molecule. Zian is a patented small molecule that is water soluble, colorless and odorless to treat various complex bacterial, fungal and viral infections. 
  • Vision of Tomorrow (VOT), which fosters the use of a new eyewear material made from 100% recycled water bottles, will launch its eyewear collection at MIDO 2020. The eyewear material will be made from recycled PET plastic bottles.
  • Visioneering Technologies Inc. has received registration from Hong Kong’s Department of Health for its current and anticipated products. The registration covers the use of the company’s NaturalVue Multifocal for myopia progression control.
  • VSP Global has promoted Wendy Hauteman to chief marketing officer. In the role, she will lead the organization’s global marketing strategy to deliver its products and services to a diverse set of stakeholders. 
  • ABB Cares Program, from ABB Optical, is now accepting applications. Through the program, ABB Cares will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to a non-profit making a difference in the community. Submit an application on their behalf at through Aug. 31. 
  • Prevent Blindness will be holding its 12th Annual Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament at Vision Expo West. The event will be held on Sept. 18 at the Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Tickets are still available. For more information, visit
New products
  • Moncler Lunettes has released new sunglasses and eyeglasses. They are designed as a sporty accessory for those who love the mountains, though they can be easily worn in an urban environment too. The frames are divided into several different categories: sport, duvet and timeless.
  • GUESS and Marcolin Group have again partnered with The Get in Touch Foundation to support breast cancer awareness with a collection of dedicated eyewear. The frames will be available in October.   
  • Scientists from the University of California, San Diego and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China have created a new robotic soft contact lens that lets the wearer zoom by blinking twice. The lens can be controlled by eye movements. Scientists say that the lens could be used for visual prostheses, adjustable glasses and/or remotely operated robotics in the future.