The history of Nikon lenses
From photography to optical lenses, Nikon has developed a long and proud expertise in high-precision optics. 1946 is the year that marks Nikon’s very first entry on the ophthalmic lens market.
Domestic production of optical instruments and original manufacturing of optical glass.
Two of Japan’s leading optical manufacturers merged with capital investment from Koyata Iwasaki, the President of Mitsubishi, to form a comprehensive, fully integrated optical company known as Nippon Kogaku K.K.
First Nikon Eyeglass Lens “Pointal” is marketed to the consumer.
Nikon has since then been a leading innovator in the field of ophthalmic optics with breakthrough innovations in material, design, and coatings.
The World’s first titanium ophthalmic frames
Nikon introduces the first anti-glare coating with built-in scratch resistance.
This technology becomes immediately popular in Japan, where nearly all of lenses now feature this type of coating. This coating uses nano technology, used for camera lenses – an ultra performant treatment that effectively reduces unwanted reflections in cameras.
The first ultra-high index lens.
A revolution in the field of plastic lens material, 1.74 ultra-high index lenses were quickly adopted by the market.
Today, Nikon makes ultra-high-index 1.74 are the thinnest and lightest lenses in its range.
Nikon’s first custom-made Single Vision lens, according to the 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 Nikon 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’s first eye strain relief lens.
Relaxsee was introduced by Nikon for relieving eye strain, particularly for those who use near vision during extended hours.
The first clear lens that filters blue light.
The first clear lens that filters blue light. Nikon introduces SeeCoat Blue, the first clear lens that filters blue light, increasing contrast for screen users. SeeCoat Blue received the Good Design Award.
The first coating to improve the brightness in dim light conditions.
Nikon continues to break new ground with SeeCoat Bright, the world’s first everyday coating that helps wearers to enjoy brighter vision, especially in dim light conditions.
NIKON 100TH ANNIVERSARY
Nikon Corporation celebrates its 100th anniversary of harnessing the power of lenses to contribute to a better future for humans, creating breakthrough technologies and products in the process.
The new Nikon optical frames & sunglasses collection is launched.
We’re recognized for our perfect-fit lightweight frames crafted from cutting-edge materials such as titanium and carbon fiber, another innovative Nikon first. And our frames are designed expressly for use with Nikon lenses, thus ensuring an incomparable fit & finish.
A revolutionary breakthrough where every lens is co-designed with the end-user based on his needs, preferences and viewing habits for the ultimate viewing experience.
Nikon’s improvement to their world-renowned coating line that goes beyond the industry standard.
A coating designed with the best-in-class topcoat and Diamond Booster technology to ensure a whole new level of performance and durability.
PURE BLUE UV
Nikon’s new lens material that protects your eyes from UV and Blue Light with enhanced aesthetics.
Pure Blue UV uses Light Purification Technology to intelligently filter harmful blue light while maintaining a clear appearance.