24.04.2009

Pioneering contact lens optometrist dies

Pioneering contact lens optometrist dies

By Martin Burns

An eye doctor who was involved in fitting and prescribing contact lenses when they were still in their early days has died at the age of 97.

CantonRep.com described Dr Joseph S Nupuf as a "pioneer" of contact lenses.

He died in Sarasota, Florida, where he moved on his retirement nine years ago.

Services to honour his memory are being held in Sarasota and Ann Arbor.

Dentist Dr Robert Greene told the publication that Dr Nupuf had been "ageless" and also called him a "delightful person".

Dr Nupuf used dental stone to make a mould of the eye, from which he would make an early type of contact lens.

In 1943 he was asked to create a programme to supply back-up pilots with contact lenses.

Cpl M Daniel Sanchez recently wrote an article in Desert Warrior to explain how Marines have their eyes checked and get their contact lenses.

He explained that they can get free eye exams at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.

by Alexa Kaczka


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