Today even dogs and cats can benefit from continuing advances in contact
lens technology, thanks to the efforts of Meni-One*, Menicon's
veterinary business unit. Applications continue to expand, but the most
common reason pets receive contacts is to give damaged corneas a chance
Dr. Chimura with pastels of Anny and Kuri. (Photo: Business Wire)
For the past 18 years, veterinary research at Menicon has focused on
cataracts and congenital ocular conditions that impair the vision of our
four-legged friends, in partnership with Dr. Shuichi Chimura, head of
Chimura Animal Hospital near Nagoya. In his research, Dr. Chimura spent
more than 13 years working with two very special canine patients, both
born with chronic ocular conditions: Anny, a Golden Retriever; and Kuri,
a Shih Tzu. Much more than lab specimens, these two dogs became a source
of inspiration for the eminent veterinarian.
Although, sadly, Anny and Kuri are no longer with us, Dr. Chimura, an
avid weekend artist, has continued to create pictures of his two beloved
friends and patients. Working in pastel, over the years Dr. Chimura has
produced 65 delightful images of the two dogs in each of the four
seasons. These have been used on postcards that were sold to raise money
for training service dogs for the visually impaired. Following the March
2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Dr. Chimura launched a new series of postcards
to raise money to care for animals separated from their owners following
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Meni-One, all 65
pastels of Anny and Kuri were the focus of a special exhibit throughout
March at Gallery Menio, which along with music venue Hitomi Hall
comprises the cultural complex that makes Menicon's Nagoya head office a
unique public space. Over the course of the month-long exhibition,
visitors donated nearly 250,000 to charitable causes.
The exhibition, and Dr. Chimura's artwork, reflect the compassionate
spirit that motivates Menicon's efforts in veterinary ophthalmology. In
their next 10 years, the Meni-One team hope to make a significant
contribution to animal vision worldwide.
About Gallery Menio and Hitomi Hall
In July, 2012 Menicon opened its Nagoya head office to the public with
the inauguration of Gallery Menio, a 224m2 exhibit space, and
Hitomi Hall, a 110-seat state-of-the-art concert hall. On permanent
exhibit is a collection of woodblock carvings, bottle architecture and
other original works by Menicon founder Kyoichi Tanaka, and members of
the Tanaka family. The two facilities comprise a first-rate cultural
facility that hosts a wide range of music and visual art events. The aim
is to contribute to a culturally vibrant society, while highlighting the
importance of eye health through arts and performances using a visual
About Menicon Co., Ltd.
Headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, and represented in over 80 countries,
Menicon is the only contact lens company in the world dedicated to every
aspect of the field from material development and lens design to
manufacturing of lenses and lens care solutions. Menicon offers an
expanding portfolio of innovative lenses, packaging and related products
that maximize user comfort and convenience. The company is also the
world's largest producer of gas-permeable contact lenses.
For more on Meni-One and its efforts in veterinary ophthalmology, see: meni-one.com/en
* Why the name "Meni-One?" If you don't speak Japanese you will miss the
pun. "One" sounds like "wan" as in "wan-wan," Japanese for "woof-woof."
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