The Bonnac Collection

In 2015, the Eyewear Museum acquired the collection of Jean-Pierre Bonnac, a well-known figure in the world of French ophthalmic optics.
 
This collection, consisting of approximately 160 instruments and around a hundred pairs of glasses, is interesting in two respects. Firstly, it contains a series of instruments representing the history of optics and ophthalmology, from its beginnings - at the end of the 19th century - to its developments in the second half of the 20th. Secondly, the presence of equipment designed by the donor illustrates the research he undertook and the progress he made possible regarding low vision, long-sightedness - in particular the development of varifocal lenses - and optical equipment for children.
 
The collection is also part of a strategy to expand the scope of the Museum to include the theme of vision and optics in general. This is because the town of Morez is not only the French capital of the eyewear industry, but also at the cutting edge of optics research and training thanks to the presence of Lycée Victor Bérard, a vocational college accredited to teach optics and microtechnologies.
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