History

When it comes to the best camera lenses, everyone knows the Nikon name. The same technology, highest-quality materials and years of proven optical design experience have also produced Nikon’s premium, high-performance eyeglass lenses.

Nikon, whose name is synonymous with “the world’s finest lenses”, has been providing millions of people with a sharper point of view through the most trusted and sought-after optical products since 1917. While most people link Nikon with superior camera lenses, many do not know that we began manufacturing quality eyeglass lenses in 1946.



  • First Nikon spectacle lens ‘Pointal’ is marketed to the consumer

    Nikon introduces the first anti-glare coating with true, built-in scratch resistance. This technology becomes immediately popular in Japan, where nearly 100% of lenses now feature this type of coating.

  • Nikon introduces the first anti-glare coating

    Nikon introduces the first anti-glare coating with true, built-in scratch resistance. This technology becomes immediately popular in Japan, where nearly 100% of lenses now feature this type of coating.

  • Nikon introduces its highest index material available - Index 1.74

    Today, Nikon makes hi-index 1.74 double sided aspheric stock lenses as thinnest and lightest lenses in its range.

  • Nikon introduces the first custom made Single Vision lens

    Nikon introduces the first custom made Single Vision lens, SeeMax, a lens providing the best in optical performance at the time.

  • Nikon introduces its first double design progressive lens

    Nikon introduces its first double design progressive lens, Presio W with an aberration filter a new innovation in the optical lens market.

  • SEE Series is launched

    The most premium lens range SeeSeries is introduced. The range includes SeeMax single vision, SeeMax progressives, SeeCoat and SeeStyle. With SeeSeries, we continue revolutionizing optical technology.

  • SeeCoat Blue, receives Good Design Awards

    SeeCoat Blue, designed by Nikon’s new blue light control technology, receives Good Design Awards.