INVISIBLE VISION, The hidden story of Dr. Newton K. Wesley, American contact lens pioneer, is a biography of a principal founder of the contact lens industry in the United States. The son of Japanese American immigrants’ story persisting through the Great Depression, prejudice, and social injustice during the Second World War to train doctors in the art and science of contact lenses and create the country’s largest contact lens manufacturer. At an early age, he found a solution to his impending blindness by using contact lenses.
About the Author
Roy Wesley, OD, PhD, has written a biography of his father, Dr. Newton K. Wesley. The book describes his father’s role in developing the contact lens industry in the United States and globally. Roy is also writing a memoir of his family’s incarceration during World War II.
Roy is the second son of Dr. Newton K. Wesley’s seven children. He has lectured on his father, the history of contact lenses, and the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II.
“Newton Wesley has found a sensitive and sympathetic, but not entirely uncritical, biographer in his son Roy. Well-researched and always conscious of its broader context, Invisible Vision is an inspiring story.”
— Thomas Hamm, PhD, Professor of history, Curator of the Quaker Collection and Director of Special Collections at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.
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