Kowa Optimed is part of Kowa Company limited founded in 1894 which has achieved becoming one of the largest privately owned companies in Japan. The group has four primary divisions among which ethical and OTC pharmaceutical products, optics and medical devices play a large role with research and development facilities, factories and sales offices across Japan, and subsidiaries across the globe. Kowa Optimed is part of the Electronics and Optics Division of the company. Since its inception in 1946, the Kowa Electronics and Optics Division has combined electronics, mechanical design and optics to create a wide range of significant new technologies. Since the launch of its first retinal camera in 1962, Kowa has been devoted to producing the most innovative optical products and integrated technology solutions in the world. The company's focus on leading edge technology, flexible machine technology, application software and traditional optical technology has produced a wide range of products designed to enhance the visual experience and provide vision solutions and diagnostics for all users.