The Bausch + Lomb Story
One of the oldest continually operating companies in the US today, Bausch + Lomb traces its roots to 1853, when John Jacob Bausch, a German immigrant, set up a tiny optical goods shop in Rochester, New York. When he needed more money to keep the business going, Bausch borrowed $62 from his good friend, Henry Lomb. Bausch promised that if the business grew, Lomb would be made a full partner. The business did grow and the partnership was formed.
In the early years, Bausch + Lomb manufactured revolutionary rubber eyeglass frames as well as a variety of optical products that required a high degree of manufacturing precision. By 1903, the firm had been issued patents for microscopes, binoculars, and even a camera shutter based on the eye’s reaction to light…
A History of Innovation
In the 1900’s, Bausch + Lomb continued to demonstrate its place at the forefront of technological innovation for optical products. Bausch + Lomb produced the first optical quality glass made in America, developed ground-breaking sunglasses for the military in World War I, and created the lenses used on the cameras that took the first satellite pictures of the moon. In 1971, Bausch + Lomb introduced the first soft contact lenses and is still one of the largest global provider of eye care products.
Although products and times have changed, Bausch + Lomb still adheres to the legacy of dedication to innovation, quality, and craftsmanship established by John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb.
ULTRA® toric lenses launched and completed the innovative Ultra range
Biotrue® ONEday toric lenses launched completing the bio-inspired daily disposa ble lenses range
Bausch + Lomb launch Stellaris® Elite - built for the next generation.
ULTRA® multifocal lenses launched - adding further innovation to the range
Biotrue® ONEday for Presbyopia launched.
ULTRA® launched – contact lenses as innovative as the digital world.
Introduction of MicroPure 123, glistening-free preloaded IOL. Bausch + Lomb widens surgical portfolio with acquisition of Synergetics Inc.
FineVision®, the first trifocal intraocular lens launches in Australia.
Biotrue® ONEday spheres, the first bio-inspired daily disposable contact lens launched.
Biotrue, the first bio-inspired multi-purpose solution launched.
enVista® the first FDA approved glistening-free intraocular lens.
PureVision® 2 HD spherical lens launched.
2010 - Stellaris® PC introduces procedural choice to the platform.
2007 - Stellaris® Vision Enhancement System is launched, breaking new ground in cataract surgery.
2001 - Bausch + Lomb introduce Millennium®.
2000 - Acquisition of Chaupvin brings Minims® to the Bausch + Lomb stable of brands.
1999 - Introduction of PureVision® Silicone Hydrogel contact lenses.
1997 - Surgical business established focusing on cataract, vitreoretinal and laser vision corrective surgeries.
1987 - ReNu® all-in-one contact lens cleaning solution launched.
1983 - Boston® brand joins the Bausch + Lomb portfolio.
Bausch + Lomb manufactures world's first approved soft contact lens.
Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. receive an honorary Oscar for their contribution to the advancement of the motion picture industry.
Ray-Ban sunglasses are sold to the public for the first time.
First optical quality product in America; supply military with lenses during WW1.
Microscopes, binocular and telescope production begins.
John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb open an optical goods store in Rochester, NY.