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.

1917

FOUNDATION

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.

nikon historic building

1946

POINTAL

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.

 

1946 pointal

1981

TITEX

The World’s first titanium ophthalmic frames

1981 titex

1983

HCC COATING

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.

1983 hcc coating innovation nikon

2000

INDEX 1.74

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.

year 2000 innovation nikon index 1 74

2002

SEEMAX

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.

2002 see max

2004

NIKON W

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.

year 2004 innovation by nikon the presio wide

2005

RELAXSEE

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.

relax see innovation by nikon

2011

SEECOAT BLUE

The first clear lens that filters blue light¹.

Nikon introduces SeeCoat Blue, the first clear lens that filters blue light¹ while increasing contrast perception when using digital devices. SeeCoat Blue received the Good Design Award.

see coat blue innovation by nikon

2016

SEECOAT BRIGHT

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.

seecoat bright innovation by nikon

2017

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.

100th year of nikon in year 2017

2018

EYEWEAR LAUNCH

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.

nikon eyewear launch in 2018

2019

SEEMAX ULTIMATE

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.

see max ultimate innovation by nikon in year 2019

2021

SEECOAT NEXT

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.

nikon pure blue uv

¹ Blue light between 380 nm to 500 nm (with blue-violet light between 400 nm and 455 nm as stated by ISO TR 20772:2018).