100 Year Anniversary
  1. 1917
  2. 1946
  3. 1983
  4. 2000
  5. 2002
  6. 2004
  7. 2005
  8. 2006
  9. 2011
  10. 2016
  11. 2016
  12. 2017

1917-2017

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1917

1917

DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS IN JAPAN AND ORIGINAL MANUFACTURING OF OPTICAL GLASS

Three of Japan's leading optical manufacturers merge to form a comprehensive, fully integrated optical company known as Nippon Kogaku K.K. (present Nikon Corporation)

DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS IN JAPAN AND ORIGINAL MANUFACTURING OF OPTICAL GLASS
1946

1946

FIRST NIKON SPECTACLE LENS 'POINTAL' IS MARKETED TO THE CONSUMER

Nikon's spectacle lens business started in 1946 with the sale of the Pointal lens. Nikon has since then been a leading innovator in the field of ophthalmic optics with breakthrough innovations in material, design, and coatings.

FIRST NIKON SPECTACLE LENS 'POINTAL' IS MARKETED TO THE CONSUMER
1983

1983

NIKON INTRODUCES THE FIRST ANTI-GLARE COATING WITH BUILT-IN SCRATCH RESISTANCE

Nikon introduces a high-performance anti-glare coating with true, built-in scratch resistance. This technology becomes immediately popular in Japan, where nearly 100% of lenses now feature this type of coating.

NIKON INTRODUCES THE FIRST ANTI-GLARE COATING WITH BUILT-IN SCRATCH RESISTANCE
2000

2000

NIKON INTRODUCES THE FIRST ULTRA-HIGH INDEX LENS: INDEX 1.74

A revolution in the field of the plastic lens material, 1.74 ultra-high index lenses are very quickly picked up by the market. Today, Nikon makes ultra-high index 1.74 double-sided aspheric stock lenses as the thinnest and lightest lenses in its range.

NIKON INTRODUCES THE FIRST ULTRA-HIGH INDEX LENS: INDEX 1.74
2002

2002

NIKON INTRODUCES SEEMAX, THE FIRST SINGLE VISION LENS CUSTOM MADE ACCORDING TO FRAME SHAPE

Quick to adopt the new digital surfacing technology, Nikon introduces Seemax, the custom made Single Vision lens with frame shape optimization, providing the best in optical performance at the time.

NIKON INTRODUCES SEEMAX, THE FIRST SINGLE VISION LENS CUSTOM MADE ACCORDING TO FRAME SHAPE
2004

2004

NIKON INTRODUCES PRESIO W, ITS FIRST DOUBLE SIDE CUSTOMIZED PROGRESSIVE LENS

As part of its efforts to use the latest technology to provide ever sharper and better quality vision to demanding wearers, Nikon introduces its first double design progressive lens. Presio W, with aberration filter, is a breakthrough innovation in the optical lens market.

NIKON INTRODUCES PRESIO W, ITS FIRST DOUBLE SIDE CUSTOMIZED PROGRESSIVE LENS
2005

2005

NIKON INTRODUCES RELAXSEE, THE FIRST EYE STRAIN RELIEF LENS

Relaxsee was introduced by Nikon for relieving eye strain, particularly for those who use near vision during extended hours.

NIKON INTRODUCES RELAXSEE, THE FIRST EYE STRAIN RELIEF LENS
2006

2006

SEE SERIES IS LAUNCHED

The most premium lens range SeeSeries is introduced. The range includes SeeMax single vision, SeeMax progressives, SeeCoat and SeeStyle. With SeeSeries, Nikon continues revolutionizing the world of high-end spectacles lenses.

SEE SERIES IS LAUNCHED
2011

2011

SEECOAT BLUE IS LAUNCHED

Nikon introduces SeeCoat Blue, the first clear lens that filters blue light, increasing contrast for screen wearers. SeeCoat Blue received the Good Design Award.

SEECOAT BLUE IS LAUNCHED
2016

2016

NIKON INTRODUCES SEECOAT BRIGHT

Nikon continues to innovate and just recently launched SeeCoat Bright, the first functional coating that improves the brightness and contrast perception for wearers having difficulties seeing in dim light conditions.

NIKON INTRODUCES SEECOAT BRIGHT
2016

2016

NIKON LENSWEAR 70TH ANNIVERSARY

Nikon Lenswear, as a spectacle lens manufacturer, celebrates its 70th anniversary.

NIKON LENSWEAR 70TH ANNIVERSARY
2017

2017

NIKON CORPORATION'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Nikon Corporation celebrates its 100th anniversary.

NIKON CORPORATION'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Nikon 100th Anniversary Movie

Experience Nikon's 100-year journey through light, moving forward to future innovations that come to life in a powerful video presentation.

The art and science of vision

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BEST MATERIALS

Purity and homogeneity are very important factors for lenses to have a high level of transmittance in order to sufficiently let through the light. Nikon has been involved in the development of materials for a wide range of optical products to meet a wide array of needs. Thanks to this know-how Nikon is known for producing some of the thinnest and clearest ophthalmic lenses.

BEST OPTICAL DESIGN

The design of a lens determines how it will function. Do you need to see far away? Up close? Or both? Nikon's advanced technologies in precision and customisation are an essential part of ophthalmic lens design to give you clearer, sharper and distortion-free vision.

BEST COATINGS

One of the roles of coatings are to control light and reduce reflections. Coatings are applied to the outer layer of lenses also with the aim of repelling water and oil, preventing static electricity and improving scratch resistance. In the case of eyeglasses, cleaner, clearer, sharper and more durable lenses are brought by Nikon's coating technologies.

BEST LENSES

Combining clear and thin materials with sharp designs and high performance coatings, Nikon lenses provide wearers with an outstanding vision quality.

 

NIKON OPTICAL DESIGN ENGINE

 

The Nikon Optical Design Engine is a specialized calculation engine developed by Nikon that focuses solely on the calculation of optical surfaces. It is used by Nikon for its research and development of cameras and other precision equipment, as well as the live calculation of ophthalmic lenses. Lens optimization ensures the highest level of optical performance thanks to better power control for any given prescription and wearer parameters. 

The result: clearer and sharper vision.

Learn more about the Nikon Optical Design Engine

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