William Feinbloom

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William Feinbloom (born Brooklyn 1904, died 1985) was an American optometrist considered to be a pioneer in the field of low vision, visual rehabilitation, and the development of low vision devices.[1][2]

In 1936, he introduced a glass-plastic design contact lens, making them lighter and more convenient than the existing glass-blown lenses.[3][4]

The Southern California College of Optometry makes an annual award in Feinbloom's name for a student showing outstanding clinical patient care.[5]

The Pennsylvania College of Optometry's clinic, The Eye Institute, operates the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center.


  1. ^ Murphy, Rob (Dec 1999). "Most Influential O.D.s". Review of Optometry. 
  2. ^ Holmes-Walker, William A. (2004). Life-enhancing Plastics. Imperial College Press. p. 78. ISBN 1-86094-462-0. 
  3. ^ Robert B. Mandell. Contact Lens Practice, 4th Edition. Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, IL, 1988.
  4. ^ U.S. Patent 2,196,066
  5. ^ Graduating Student Awards, Southern California College of Optometry

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