09.02.2010

Contact lens pioneer to be honoured with blue plaque

Contact lens pioneer to be honoured with blue plaque

By Alexa Kaczka

The ophthalmologist behind the UK"s first contact lens fitting practice is to be honoured with a blue plaque in London"s Marylebone, according to West End Extra.

Hungarian-born Josef Dallos created the first moulds taken from a living eye and used these impressions to create wearable contact lenses.

Along with his brother-in-law, he manufactured a number of contact lenses, including some special effects lenses in his Cavendish Square lab.

"It is not an exaggeration to say that Josef Dallos was the founding father of the modern contact lens," Tim Bowden, author of Contact Lenses: The Story, told the news provider.

"He was the first person to look at the lens from the eye"s point of view. Before he came along, they were either too uncomfortable to wear or not good enough to see."

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is sponsoring the plaque, which is due to be unveiled in June.

According to the college, Dallos worked at a number of sites around London during his career, including 18 Cavendish Square, 9 Wigmore Street and 17 Devonshire Place.

by Martin Burns


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