A History of Innovation

Paragon Vision Sciences has been a pioneer in the contact lens industry since its early days as Paragon Optical. In the mid-70s, soft contact lenses were in demand and Paragon Vision Sciences decided to pursue an improved material for gas permeable (GP) lenses. Determined to produce a GP material that would offer the comfort of soft contact lenses along with excellent ocular health and safety, greater durability, visual clarity, and easier care, Paragon Vision Sciences set out on a future of innovations.

In February of 1995, Paragon Vision Sciences, in collaboration with NASA, launched simultaneous experiments on earth and aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. The experiments were a comparative look at the differences between materials polymerized on earth versus materials polymerized in the near zero gravity of space. As a result, Paragon Vision Sciences researchers utilized concepts derived from the experiments to engineer a proprietary Hyperpurified Delivery System (HDS® Technology) that effectively eliminated so-called “bad” silicone from the polymer material.

By purifying the silicone, the process safely gives Paragon Vision Sciences HDS® Technology materials (Paragon HDS®, Paragon Thin™ and Paragon HDS®100) excellent physical characteristics in terms of excellent wettability, dimensional stability, hardness and optics. Paragon HDS® and Paragon HDS®100 are two of the few GP materials cleared by the FDA for up to seven days of continuous wear. Just another way Paragon Vision Sciences has furthered the GP industry.

As a progressive manufacturer of a full range of oxygen permeable (GP) materials used in the manufacturing of contact lenses, Paragon Vision Sciences developed Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses for use in orthokeratology. Approved by the FDA in June of 2002 for overnight wear, Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses are the preferred choice by an elite, global group of eye care practitioners to manage myopia (nearsightedness).

Orthokeratology is the process of wearing a specially designed therapeutic contact lens while sleeping, to gently reshape the cornea, providing improved vision during waking hours. The wearer has the opportunity of improved vision all day without the hassle of glasses or daytime contact lenses and without the need for surgery.

Since receiving FDA approval for Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses in 2002, Paragon Vision Sciences has sold over 1.3 million Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses worldwide. With only nine adverse events reported, all of which were resolved, this speaks volumes to Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses being a proven alternative for the management of myopia.

"Since 1971, the prevalence of nearsightedness (myopia), has increased 66% in the USA."1 I can't think of a better solution to help manage myopia than Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses. Our lenses gently reshape the cornea overnight. The lenses are removed upon awakening and the patient should have improved vision through out the day without the problems and discomfort associated with daytime contact lenses," said Pam Scoggins, Vice President of Global Marketing for Paragon Vision Sciences.


Key Innovations

1976 Paragon® 18 injection-molded radius PMMA buttons
1982 Paraperm® O2, the first GP material for independent laboratories
1983 First Good Manufacturing Practices Manual for GP’s
1986 Paraperm® EW, the first extended-wear GP lens material
1987 FluoroPerm® 92 Dk, the first material in the FluoroPerm® System
1988 Cast-radius molded GP materials
1993 Long-term NASA partnership established in Paragon Vision Sciences materials polymerized research aboard NASA space shuttle
1994 Encapsulated segment bifocal GP contact lens button, the FluoroPerm® ST Bifocal
1996 FluoroPerm® 151, new GP with super high Dk material
1997 MaximEyes™, a GP planned-replacement program for FluoroPerm® 151
1997 Introduction of Paragon HDS®
1998 Introduction of Paragon Thin™
2000 SportSight™ GP, performance enhancing GP lenses
2001 Introduction of Paragon HDS®100
2002 Introduction of Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses
2005 AquaComfort Plasma Treatment, FDA approved for Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses and Paragon Fluorosilicone Acrylate GP materials
2008 Introduction of Paragon RG-4™, a traditional four-curve reverse geometry design
2006 Paragon Z CRT® Contact Lenses, available in Menicon Z, 163 Dk
2008 Introduction of Paragon HDS 1.54HI™, a GP material with the highest refractive index in the world.
2009 Introduction of Paragon CRT® SureFit®. Single-use Paragon CRT® Contact Lens Diagnostic and Dispensing System
2009 Introduction of Paragon CRT Dual Axis®, for astigmatic corneas
2010 Consumer website launched,
2011 Paragon Vision Sciences executes worldwide licensing agreement for innovative scleral lens design
2012 NormalEyes® 15.5, a breakthrough scleral design using Paragon CRT® Contact Lens crossover technology
2012 Paragon CRT® Contact Lens Consumer Awareness Campaign, partnering with All About Vision
2012 Consumer Facebook page launched,
2013 Childhood Myopia Management Campaign, educating practitioners worldwide about the prevalence of myopia

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The Paragon Vision Sciences Mission

Paragon Vision Sciences’ growth over the last 30 years can be attributed to one thing: a steadfast dedication to the Paragon Vision Sciences mission, which is to build a world-class specialty vision products company by “improving lives through better vision.” Under that mission comes a commitment to research and development, an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to embrace laboratories, practitioners and other industry manufacturers as partners in a goal of providing better products, technology and services for better vision.

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  1. Vitale S, Sperduto RD, Ferris FL 3rd. Increased Prevalence of Myopia in the U.S. between 1971-1972 and 1999-2004. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Dec;127(12):1632-9. PubMed

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