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Meet the inventor

Ron Hamilton inventor of daily disposable contact lenses

Ron Hamilton invented daily disposable contact lenses and built the world's first laboratory dedicated to making them.

Ron Hamilton in the laboratory

Remember when a soft contact lens cost £50 and had to be cleaned each day? People had to take out special insurance to cover the cost of the loss or breakage of a lens. 

All that changed with Ron's launch of the world’s first daily-disposable in 1993.

Early days with moulding machine

From back garden to big business

During the 1980’s Ron was employed as vice-president of a major US eye-care company, CooperVision Inc. But driven by the belief that a daily disposable lens is more hygienic, Ron and his then business partner Bill Seden installed a moulding machine in Ron's back-garden ‘annex’ and began designing a new process for the production of contact lenses.

Ron Hamilton and Bill Seden

Brave words lead to factory funding 

In 1992 Ron gave an interview to BBC World service claiming that he could cut the cost of a soft contact lens by 99%. Before long he had secured support and interest for him and Bill to raise venture capital funding and with Regional Development Funding Award they had just enough to start their full-scale AWARD factory situated in Scotland.

Revolutionising lens production processes

Ron launched the first daily disposable in 1993, cutting the retail cost from £50 to 50p per lens.

In early 1996 Bausch and Lomb, the world’s biggest eye care company, having failed to develop a suitable process technology themselves, approached Ron for distribution rights, Ron offered to sell them the company and the patent rights.

Following his 5-year non-compete agreement, Ron was very disappointed that the price of daily-disposables made by B&L, CIBA, J&J and CooperVision remained so high that many contact lenses wearers were still selecting lenses that need daily cleaning.

Ron Hamilton

Ron Hamilton,
Inventor

Dreaming of low cost daily disposables

Despite selling his patented process and his right to manufacture daily disposables for at least five years, the Lanarkshire-born engineer was still passionate about eye health and pursuing his dream to make daily disposables low cost for consumers.

Ron's blog

Daysoft Laboratory in Scotland

daysoft® is born

Ron decided to re-enter the market with an affordable, high-specification daily-disposable contact lens using unique technology, capable of replacing other brands.

He build the world’s first laboratory solely dedicated to the manufacture of daily disposable contact lenses and named his lenses daysoft® with the promise to 'switch & save'.

daysoft® today

With Ron at the healm as Chairman daysoft® is going from strength to strength. Pursuing a strategy of steady, incremental, expansion grounded on strong world-wide sales growth daysoft continues to produce high quality, affordable daily disposable lenses consumers love.

Ron receives award from the Queen

Ron Hamilton honoured with a CBE

Ron was bestowed the honour of CBE by the Queen for his services to the contact lens industry in July 2011.

Based in Blantyre in Scotland, daysoft® employs 200, and sells over 1.5 million daily-disposable lenses a week.

Over 1,000 new customers are switching to daysoft® lenses each week thanks to our high quality products, low costs and fantastic service.
Ron Hamilton
daysoft SILK box.

daysoft in SILK solution

SILK solution is an enriched saline solution for enhanced comfort and moisture throughout the day

SILK contains the eye’s natural lubricant, Hyaluronan, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight of water, keeping your eyes moist all day

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daysoft CLASSIC box.

daysoft in CLASSIC solution

CLASSIC solution is a simple saline solution, with no added moisturisers

CLASSIC solution can be particularly beneficial to allergy sufferers and people with sensitive eyes

 

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