History of Carl Zeiss Eyeglass Lenses

  • How it all started

    How it all started

    At the beginning of the 20th century, Carl Zeiss revolutionized the calculation and manufacture of eyeglass lenses. The brains behind this technical development was Moritz von Rohr in 1912. He calculated point-focal imaging eyeglass lenses, which were marketed under the name PUNKTAL. They were the first axially-symmetric eyeglass lenses to minimize the blurring that occurs when looking through edge areas of a lens. It is still included in the current product line of Carl Zeiss. Thanks to continuous advancements, such as new coatings or the incorporation of the wearer’s own visual parameters in the Gradal® series, Carl Zeiss Vision is still setting new standards in the area of eyeglass lenses.

  • 1912 – 1945

    1912

    PUNKTAL® eyeglass lenses revolutionize the calculation and manufacturing of eyeglass lenses by implementing the scientific approach of Allvar Gullstrand.


    1926

    Scleral lenses used for medical purposes are the predecessors to modern contact lenses.


    1935

    Introduction of a coating technique developed by Alexander Smakula for the reduction of reflections on glass


  • 1946 – 1989

    1949

    ZEISS becomes the first company in the optical industry to incorporate physiological visual conditions into the design of eyeglass lenses.


    1959

    Anti-reflection coating for eyeglass lenses is introduced as the ET coating


    1974

    ZEISS becomes the first company to apply the SUPER ET multi-coating (highly effect anti-reflective coating) to eyeglass lenses.


    1979

    A magnifying visual aid with 3.8x telescopic magnification based on the Keplerian telescope enters the market.


    1983

    ZEISS unveils Gradal® HS, a progressive lens with identical optical properties for both eyes in all directions. Trademark displayed on all eyeglass lenses.


  • 1990 – today

    1992

    ZEISS introduces VIDEO INFRAL®, the world's first computer-guided centration device, which enables exact determination of the centration data with the patient's head and body in a natural posture.


    2000

    Gradal Individual® ZEISS introduces its first individual progressive lenses which incorporate the personal visual parameters of the wearer.


    2007

    i.Scription®: ZEISS becomes the first company to market the combination of subjective refraction and wavefront measurement.


    2011

    DuraVision Platinum: ZEISS launches its hardest anti-reflective coating to date.