National Vest Contact Lenses Day

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Welcome to the wild and wacky world of National Vest Contact Lenses Day! This peculiar holiday may leave you scratching your head and wondering why on earth such a day exists. Well, fear not, my curious friend, because I am here to unravel the mystery of this unusual celebration. So buckle up, put on your (metaphorical) vest, and let's dive deep into the realm of contact lenses that look like vests!

When is Vest Contact Lenses Day?

It's national vest contact lenses day on the 27th June.

The Origins of National Vest Contact Lenses Day

Believe it or not, National Vest Contact Lenses Day has its roots in the vast web of internet culture. Back on June 27, 2016, a simple yet mind-boggling idea took hold of the online community. Someone, somewhere, thought it would be amusing to combine the fashion statement of a vest with the optical aid of contact lenses. And just like that, a viral sensation was born.

Within days, people all over the internet started sharing images of themselves sporting contact lenses that resembled various types of vests. Some chose to go the formal route with pinstriped vest lenses, while others preferred the rugged look of denim or leather-clad lenses. The creativity knew no bounds!

As the trend gained steam, online forums and social media platforms filled with discussion threads, tutorials, and even online retailers catering to the growing demand for vest contact lenses. It became a symbol of individuality, self-expression, and above all, a gentle reminder that fashion can be found in the most unexpected places — even on your eyeballs.

History behind the term 'Vest Contact Lenses'


Invention of Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

In 1950, optician Kevin Tuohy patented the first rigid gas permeable lenses. Unlike the older hard lenses made of glass or PMMA, these lenses allowed oxygen to pass through to the cornea. They were more comfortable and healthier for the eyes, but still relatively thick and not yet termed as 'vest contact lenses'.


Introduction of Thin Soft Contact Lenses

In 1971, Bausch & Lomb introduced the first thin soft contact lenses made of hydrogel material. These lenses were softer, more flexible, and conformed better to the shape of the eye. They marked a significant advancement in contact lens comfort and popularity. However, the term 'vest contact lenses' wasn't coined yet.


Emergence of Extended Wear Contact Lenses

In 1987, extended wear contact lenses hit the market. These lenses, made from highly oxygen-permeable materials, allowed wearers to keep them in for up to 7 days without removal. It was during this time that the term 'vest contact lenses' started to gain traction among wearers due to their resemblance to a piece of clothing that could be worn continuously.


Introduction of Silicone Hydrogel Lenses

1991 marked another breakthrough in contact lens technology with the introduction of silicone hydrogel lenses. These lenses offered higher oxygen permeability, allowing more efficient passage of oxygen to the cornea. With improved comfort and longer wear, 'vest contact lenses' became even more synonymous with this new generation of lenses.


Daily Disposable Lenses Became Popular

By 1999, daily disposable contact lenses gained significant popularity. These lenses, designed for single-use, eliminated the need for cleaning and maintenance. They provided convenience, comfort, and increased eye health. The term 'vest contact lenses' expanded to encompass these disposable options, emphasizing their everyday wear and discard nature.


Continued Innovation and Versatility

Today, 'vest contact lenses' continue to evolve with ongoing advancements in materials, designs, and functionalities. From toric lenses for astigmatism to multifocal lenses for presbyopia, contact lenses have become an essential and versatile vision correction option. Thanks to their comfortable and almost unnoticeable fit, 'vest contact lenses' remain a popular choice for millions worldwide.

Did you know?

Did you know that the popularity of vest contact lenses spilled over into the real world? In some fashion-forward circles, people started donning actual vests with matching contact lenses, creating a truly avant-garde ensemble. Talk about taking a style statement to the next level!


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First identified

27th June 2016

Most mentioned on

27th June 2016

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