Did you know?… 1971 – Bausch & Lomb introduced first hydrogel soft contact lens. 1971 – First Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agent (DPA) Law passed (Rhode Island). Allows optometrists to use ophthalmic drugs for diagnostic purposes. 1971 – Non-contact tonometer is developed.
Did you know?… 1960 – European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) begins 1968 – National Eye Institute was established in the U.S. leading to innovative research used throughout the world 1969 – National Optometric Association was founded advancing minority optometrists and eye care in minority communities
Did you know?… 1947 – Corneal contact lens of thin plastic is developed and awarded a patent 1948 – Clinical Refraction is published as a landmark text for teaching optometry 1952 – the first National Board exam is given in the U.S.
Did you know?… 1937 – Pennsylvania introduces bill to define scope of practice in optometry schools 1938 – Plastic contact lenses are introduced 1947 – Optometrists are commissioned in U.S. Army and placed on staff of Veterans Administration Hospitals for first time
Did you know?… 1927 – World Council of Optometry is formed 1928 – The routine examination concept was introduced 1928 – New York initiates end of apprenticeship licensure