Transferred to Christchurch in 1972 from the Wellington Lab, this was to be the start of the Curtis family involvement in the manufacturing of Contact Lenses in NZ. Originally purchased by Ed Curtis from Penhryn F Thomas of Australia CLC made its first lenses in Christchurch April 18, 1971. Some 43 years later and now owned by his son Graeme Curtis since 2001, the business has expanded and developed. It is one of the most modern Contact lens Laboratories in Australasia with the most recently purpose built manufacturing premises in Wigram, Christchurch, completed late 2013.
ISO Accredited since 1995, CLC has worked towards Improvement in quality and design. It has achieved installing the most modern CNC lathing equipment available, CLC utilises the lathing systems that DAC International manufactures from the USA. ALM multi tooling system with robotic loading and laser technology ensure that the quality of the lenses produced are submicron, which is supported by a team of specialist technicians manufacturing the lenses.
Corneal Lens Corporation is New Zealand’s largest contact lens manufacturer who are based in Christchurch, specialising in custom made RGP’s, Sclerals, soft and Ortho-K lenses. We supply to practitioners throughout New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore. The laboratory is a humidity and temperature-controlled environment that has state of the art facilities including the latest DAC ALM lathes with every lens being laser engraved for tracking purposes.
Not only is Corneal Lens Corporation a contact lens manufacturer, but also a distributor for dry eye products, contact lens solution, disposable contact lenses and Ortho-K lenses. Some of the brands Corneal Lens works with are EyeSpace, VTI (NaturalVue), Brighten Optix, Akorn (TheraTears), and Menicon
The sMap 3D, a fluorescence based structured light topographer is another big part of the Corneal Lens Corporation. It is a precision surface mapping system that can obtain detailed maps of the cornea and sclera, much like a fingerprint where no two are the same. Patients who have a complex cornea can now get an optimal fit with a freeform design and we now are able to resolve those who have advanced keratoconus and post corneal grafts.