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The ROSE K lens was invented by Paul Rose, an optometrist from Hamilton, New Zealand.
Paul Rose was frustrated about what he could do for patients with keratoconus, a progressive condition in which the surface of the cornea becomes cone shaped.
"The problem with traditional contact lenses is that they do not fit unusual corneal shapes."
Realising that existing lenses did not mimic the shape of the eye very well, Paul Rose set out to develop a contact lens that would be much more comfortable for patients, be easier to fit, and give better vision.
Paul Rose began development on the ROSE K keratoconus lens in 1989. After going through testing 700 lenses and 12 different designs, he came up with a set of 26 lenses from which all patients could be fitted.
A further two years was spent in a development stage to perfect the lens design.
The ROSE K lens was then launched in the New Zealand market and now 80 percent of New Zealand's keratoconus patients are fitted with them.
The ROSE K lens is now manufactured and distributed in many countries and has become the most frequently prescribed lens for keratoconus.
In 1995 the American Food and Drug Administration gave approval for the ROSE K lens to be marketed in the United States.