1917 - 2019
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)
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.
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 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 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 PRESIO W, ITS FIRST DOUBLE SIDE CUSTOMISED 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 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.
SEE SERIES IS LAUNCHED
The most premium lens range SeeSeries is introduced. The range includes SeeMax single vision, SeeMax progressives and SeeCoat coating. With SeeSeries, Nikon continues revolutionising the world of high-end spectacles lenses.
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.
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 LENSWEAR 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Nikon Lenswear, as a spectacle lens manufacturer, celebrates its 70th anniversary.
NIKON CORPORATION'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY
Nikon Corporation celebrates its 100th anniversary.
NIKON REINVENTS VISION WITH SEEMAX ULTIMATE
A revolutionary breakthrough where every progressive lens is co-designed with the wearer based on his unique vision insights for the ultimate viewing experience.
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.