CONTACT LENS HISTORY
THE UK PIONEERS
Ida Mann (1893-1983)
Ida Caroline Mann studied at the
Ida Mann became interested in contact lenses during 1928
after attending an international ophthalmology conference in
Under her direction, Moorfields began to supply contact lenses on a research basis during 1937. The following year Mann suggested that 25-30% of patients might achieve about 8 hours tolerance with carefully fitted Zeiss lenses. With even more accurate fitting some individually fitted lenses might be worn for the full day. She reported on one patient who had worn lenses for 36 hours with no pain or redness.
In 1946 she became the first President of the newly formed Contact Lens Society. Other Council members were Williamson-Noble, Keith Clifford Hall, A. G. Cross, G. H. Giles, C. H. Keeler, J. H. Doggart, G. B. Ebbage, F. A. Juler, Sir Stewart Duke Elder, Frank Dickinson, H. B. Marton, G. D. McKellen and T. Hamblin.
In 1944 she married Professor William Ewart Gye, Director
of the Imperial Cancer Research Institute. In
1948 they emigrated to
In 1950 she was made a CBE for her work at Moorfields and
in 1980 became a Dame of the
Development of the Human Eye, British
Medical Assoc. 1928.
Anomalies of the Human Eye, British
Medical Assoc., 1937.
History of Contact Lenses, Trans.
Cases Fitted with Contact Lenses
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, (Section of Ophthalmology 9
December 1938), 32, 759, 1939.
Ida and the Eye: a Woman in British Ophthalmology, edited
and abridged by Elizabeth Buckley, Parapress
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