The Alden Optical story

After surveying the contact lens landscape of 1969 and finding nothing that measured up to his high standards, optometrist Charles “Pat” Creighton figured the answer was to design and manufacture his own. So he focused on creating the finest custom lens designs in extremely wide parameter ranges, all using the best materials available.

Today, inspired by that uncompromising vision, Alden Optical is led by Pat’s son Charley Creighton and contact lens industry veteran Tom Shone. Charley has led Alden Optical for the last 15 years and is responsible for the product excellence and outstanding service that the company has become known for. Tom joined Alden Optical in 2009 after almost 20 years at CooperVision, and is responsible for the company’s commercial strategy.  

Charley and Tom both continue to be passionate about creating and manufacturing great custom and specialty contact lenses and working with practitioners to solve challenging fitting situations.

Charles “Pat” Creighton, O.D.,
Alden Optical Founder, circa 1969