The Phillips family has a history of more than 100 years in the optical business. We started producing Glasses for Bausch & Lomb in 1905. In 1914 Phillips Lens was founded, working out of the basement of our grandfather's home in Rochester, New York. The company reworked the lenses that Bausch & Lomb rejected due to production errors and sold them back to Bausch & Lomb. When the ultex lens went off-patent in 1916, the company moved to Middlesex, New Jersey and started production of ultex bifocals, selling them to optical labs for prescription lenses.