Contact lens pioneers to be honoured

Contact lens pioneers to be honoured

By Martin Burns

Two pioneering figures in the world of contact lenses are to be honoured at an upcoming ceremony.

Optometry Today reports that a green plaque for George Nissel, founder of the first independent contact lens laboratory in the UK, will be unveiled in Westminster by his daughter.

The ceremony will take place on June 23rd and celebrate Mr Nissel"s contribution to the industry.

It will be sponsored by Cantor & Nissel and be located in Siddons Lane, London where Mr Nissel opened the G Nissel and Co laboratory in 1946.

In addition, the source reports that a second plaque will be unveiled for Josef Dallos at 18 Cavendish Square, where he opened the first contact lens-only practice in Britain.

The plaque will be sponsored by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and will be unveiled by Mr Dallos" widow Dr Vera Dallos-Pinter.

It comes after a study published by Global Industry Analysts suggested that the world market for contact lenses and solutions is projected to exceed $11.7 billion (£7.9 billion) by the year 2015.

by Martin Burns

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