Our History

Founded in 1931 by Charles J. Anastor, Art Optical began as an ophthalmic lens manufacturer. In 1958 we began manufacturing rigid contact lenses and have remained focused exclusively on custom contact lens design and production since. Charles’ son, Thomas, bought the company in 1962, and the business remains family owned and operated.

Since moving to our current location, we have 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 58 years after our first contact lens, the goal at Art Optical is the same today as when it was founded – improving the lives of practitioners and their patients around the world by providing consistently remarkable service and exceptional quality customized lenses.

Art Optical maintains the highest manufacturing standards and strives to lead the industry in innovative product design. Our highly successful signature presbyopic design, Renovation, is the nation’s leading GP multifocal, and within our extensive line of high performance specialty lens options, practitioners will find a customizable design to accommodate almost any patient. Our reverse geometry lens, CLASIKcn was specifically developed for the growing post-LASIK presbyopic population, and for those over-40 looking for exceptional near acuity in a simultaneous vision lens, our mPower! Multifocal is a perfect fit.

Because scleral lenses continue to grow in popularity and versatility, Art Optical has introduced Ampleye. This fully vaulting, 4-zone design has unique features including a toric haptic, Spline Science Technology for independent zone control, and HydroLock for soothing moisture retention. Supported by an efficient 9-lens fitting set appropriate for both oblate and prolate corneas, Ampleye offers improved first-fit success, a simplified approach to irregular cornea management, as well as excellent patient acuity and comfort.

Motivated to serve those with the most demanding corneal conditions, Art Optical is proud to be a leading manufacturer of the world-renowned ROSE K family of lens products. 

Upon its entry into the U.S. marketplace, Art Optical was selected as the inaugural manufacturing facility for the KeraSoft® IC lens. KeraSoft IC is a silicone hydrogel lens for all stages of Keratoconus and a wide range of irregular corneal conditions. 

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 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!

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!