Museum reveals contact lens history

Museum reveals contact lens history

While many people think contact lenses are a modern invention, in fact they have been around since the 1880s.

An optometry and vision exhibition at the British Optical Association (BOA) Museum in London includes a pair of 16th-century ivory nose spectacles, old whalebone fashion glasses and a section dedicated to contact lenses that goes back to the 1880s.

The exhibition is located in a Georgian house belonging to the College of Optometrists and could be an ideal half term trip.

According to the BOA, the museum "continues to be recognised as the oldest and one of the best optical museum collections in the world".

The museum has virtual displays and a souvenir shop and caters for school parties as well as families.

A typical visit takes around 25 minutes on weekdays and entrance if free, although donations are welcomed. As it is within walking distance of many other family attraction i.e The National Gallery it can make a great add on to a day out in London.

by Martin Burns

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