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Nov 12, 2012

Art Optical Added as an Authorized Rose K Manufacturer

Menicon America, Inc. is pleased to announce that Art Optical Contact Lens, Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI) is now an Authorized Manufacturer of its Rose K lenses.

Rose K is the single most frequently prescribed lens design for correction of keratoconus and irregular cornea conditions in the world. Currently sold in 88 countries, the Rose K family of lenses consists of 5 designs, including Rose K, K2 (keratoconus), PG (post graft), IC (irregular cornea), and NC (nipple cone). The addition of Art Optical as a licensed manufacturer coincides with the upcoming introduction of the Rose K2 XL semi-scleral design that will be launched at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas in January 2013.

“We are delighted to have Art Optical as an Authorized Rose K Manufacturer”, commented Jonathan Jacobson, President of Menicon America. “Art Optical’s strong commitment to the specialty lens segment, quality manufacturing and high standard for professional education makes them an ideal additional partner for Rose K in North America” added Jacobson.

“We look forward to working closely with Menicon to support our combined efforts,” said Jill Anastor, President of Art Optical. “Menicon shares Art’s passion for providing the highest quality products, safety and convenience for patients.”

About Art Optical Contact Lens, Inc:
Founded in 1931 by Charles J. Anastor, Art Optical ( began as an ophthalmic lens manufacturer. In 1958 the company began manufacturing rigid contact lenses and by 1984 ceased production of eyeglasses to focus exclusively on GP design and production. Charles’ son, Thomas, bought the company in 1962, and the business remains family owned and operated yet today. Art Optical is committed to investing in the programs, processes and products that help meet the increasingly challenging demands of today’s vision care patients.

About Menicon America:
Menicon Co., Ltd., founded by Mr. Kyoichi Tanaka in 1951, is Japan’s first and largest contact lens manufacturer and now is represented in over 30 countries. In North America, Menicon is best known for the hyper Dk, Menicon Z material and Rose K, the most frequently prescribed lenses for keratoconus in the world. In 2011, the company introduced to the U.S. market, the Menicon lens care system consisting of Menicon Unique pH, Menicon PROGENT, and Menicon Rewetting Drops and a revolutionary e-commerce, WebStore model designed specifically for practitioners and their patients. To coincide with these launches, the company launched a new website at

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