Founded in 1931 by Charles J. Anastor, Art Optical began as an ophthalmic lens manufacturer. In 1958 we began manufacturing rigid contact lenses and by 1984 ceased production of eyeglasses to focus exclusively on GP design and production. Charles’ son, Thomas, bought the company in 1962, and the business remains family owned and operated yet today.
Since moving to our current location in 1986, Art Optical has undergone three expansions to accommodate new technology and growth. Today, Art Optical’s lab, manufacturing facility and offices occupy more than 36,000 square feet and employ nearly 80 people. More than 54 years after our first contact lens, the goal at Art Optical is the same today as when it was founded – specialized products, the best service possible and high quality lenses to practitioners and their patients around the world.
Art Optical maintains the highest manufacturing standards and strives to lead the industry in innovative product design. Our highly successful signature presbyopic designs, Renovation & RenovationE are market leaders, and within our extensive line of high performance GP lens options, practitioners will find a customizable design to accommodate almost any patient. With the affinity for large-diameter GP lenses sweeping specialty practices, Art Optical is proud to feature the SoClear family of products, and we look forward to the addition of a versatile and easy-to-fit semi-scleral lens by the close of this year. Other product launches planned in the near future include more GP options for Keratoconic patients, as well as the late summer release of our reverse geometry lens for the growing post-lasik presbyopic population. Watch for news on our all new CLASIKcn signature lens design to come soon!
Since installing new custom soft lens manufacturing capabilities in 2008 and launching our Intelliwave line of precise prescription lathe-cut soft lenses, we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to serve an even broader range of practitioners and patients. The availability of Definitive™ silicone hydrogel material means we’re now offering the most advanced combination of lens material and design available for patients with unique Rx needs in both GP and soft lens modalities! In virtually unlimited parameters!
Motivated to serve those with the most demanding corneal conditions, Art Optical is proud to be the inaugural U.S. manufacturing facility for Bausch + Lomb’s KeraSoft® IC lens. After several years of proven success in the UK, this innovative custom soft lens is now available here! KeraSoft IC is a silicone hydrogel lens for all stages of Keratoconus and a wide range of irregular corneal conditions. Consider becoming KeraSoft IC certified and get in on the ground floor of this exciting opportunity!
Thanks to new manufacturing technology and advanced new lens materials, today’s custom lenses are better than ever, and becoming the lens of choice for progressive practitioners interested in personalizing patient care and retaining control of their contact lens practice. At Art Optical, we are committed to investing in the programs, processes and products that will help your specialty practice meet the increasingly challenging demands of today’s vision care patients.
With appreciation to our loyal customers for their friendship & support, we thank you for visiting us and look forward to working with you soon!