Topcon Canada History

Topcon Canada has always kept the same mission through the years:

To help its customers improve the efficiency of their offices by providing the best products, unequalled service and support, at the best possible prices.

Here are a few of the important moments in our history:


1963

Company's founding by Henri Allard and Jacqueline Moreau under the name "Société Ophtalmique Allard et Moreau".

1965

Released Retinal Camera Type I.

1970

Registration under the names "AM Ophthalmic Instruments Inc." and "Instruments Ophtalmiques AM Inc."

Released Optometry Unit OU-100. Achieved use of Vision Tester VT-SD, Refractometer RM-1B and Lens Meter LM-3, from eye examinations through glasses lens adjustment, at Topcon.

1974

Released Operation Microscope OMS-100. Contributed to treatment ophthalmic disorders with outstanding optical performance and instrument configuration.

1975

Beginning of the distribution of Topcon products, followed in 1983 by exclusive distribution in Canada

1978

Released Refractometer RM-100, the world’s first refractometer with near-infrared projection. With this product having a TV monitor it became possible to do measurements by operating directly on the screen, which made it a big hit on the market.

1979

Released Non-mydriatic Retinal Camera TRC-NW.

Construction of a state-of-the-art modern building to be used as head office facilities and to provide the largest showroom in Canada.

1983

Fast growth leading to the establishment of a new branch in Mississauga, Ontario. Creation of the company's own brand: AMTEK.

1985

Opening of a third branch in Calgary, Alberta

1986

Establishment of a point of sale in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1987

Exclusivity of Isell Diversatronics products (now called Topcon Omni Systems).

Released Non-Contact Computerized Tonometer CT-10. With this product it became possible non-contact speedy tonometry measurement featuring also easy alignment.

1988

Released Digital Imaging Filing System IMAGEnet. System that manages all types of ophthalmological diagnosis information, including ocular fund scans and examination data.

1990

Establishment the Topcon Code of Conduct (currently Topcon Global Code of Conduct).

Released Retinal Camera TRC-50IA. The World's first retinal camera with an infrared fluorescence photography function. Choroidal vessels could be observed much clearer than ever before. This retinal camera became a pioneer product, marking the beginning for the upcoming glory of Topcon as Retinal Camera Brand.

1991

Relocation of the Ontario branch to a new building in Waterloo that is specifically tailored to include the largest showroom in that province.

1992

Exclusivity of Welch Allyn ophthalmic products.

1994

Distribution Exclusivity of MorTan products.

1995

Distribution Exclusivity of Dicon including perimeters and topographers

1997

Released Specular Microscope SP-200P. The world’s first corneal endothelial cell and corneal thickness examinations, in one machine.

Distribution Agreement of Gulden Ophthalmics.

1998

Company becomes Topcon America Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary

Released Auto Kerato-Refractometer KR-8100PA. By adopting the new measurement system with a built-in rotary prism, it became possible to measure the eye even with 2.o mm pupil diameter.

Released IMAGEnet 2000 Digital Imaging Filing System. Ophthalmological Image Filing System providing a large-scale network was developed. IMAGEnet 2000 has been elaborated into the smart sophisticated system and its name has almost become a synonym for image filing systems in ophthalmology

1999

Company's name changes to Topcon Canada Inc.

2001

Released Wave-Front Analyzer KR-9000PW. Achieved world's first objective refraction examination, corneal curvature radius measurement and corneal topography, together with measurement and analysis of ocular overall optical aberrations through new technology wave-front sensor (all in a single machine). Award the 16th Advanced Technology Award the prize of "Sankei Shin bun".

2002

Distribution Exclusivity of Paradigm products.

2003

Released Slit Lamp SL-D7. Realized more compact size with mounting of DC-1 - world's first slit lamp specialized digital camera.

2003

Released Operation Microscope OMS-800 OFFISS. The world's first vitreous body operation microscope eliminating need for intraocular lighting and facilitating operation procedures using both hands.

2005

Distribution Agreement of Accutome products.

2006

Released Optical Coherence Tomographer 3D OCT-1000. World's first fusion of optical coherence tomography (OCT) with a non-mydriatic retinal camera. Achieved simultaneous retinal imaging and tomographic imaging, enabling precision imaging of areas required for diagnosis.

Distribution Exclusivity of M&S Technologies products.

2008

Released TRK-1P

2009

Distribution Exclusivity of Tinsley Products and Icare Finland Oy.

2010

Established Topcon Medical Laser Systems, Inc. by acquiring retina and glaucoma business of OptiMedica (U.S.A) and entered therapeutic laser market.

2011

Established “TOPCON WAY”.

Released Auto Kerato-Refractometer KR-1 / Auto Refractometer RM-1. Fully automated measurement with only one touch on the touchscreen panel. The absence of the control lever and the adjustable control panel enables the operator to be positioned anywhere around a patient.

Released Photocoagulator PASCAL Streamline. Original multi-spot simultaneous laser pulse technology realized minimum invasiveness and dramatic reductions in operation time.

2012

Released Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomographer DRI OCT-1 Atlantis. DRI OCT can penetrate deeper visualizing ocular tissues utilizing 1,050 nm wavelength with the world’s fastest scan speed of 100, 000 A-Scan/sec.

Released CL-300 Lensmeter.

2013

Released Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomographer 3D OCT-1 Maestro. Fully-automated OCT that enables imaging solely by operating the touch panel.

Released Refractors KR/RM-800.

Released TRK-2P.

Released Specular Microscope SP-1P.

Released Data Management System Synergy.

2014

Released Retinal Cameras TRC-NW8F Plus.

Released TRC-NW400.

Released Refractor KR-800S.

Released Tonometer CT-800.

Released IMAGEnet 5 Digital Imaging System.

Released Ophthalmic Instrument Stand IS-5000.

2015

Distribution Exclusivity of Elektron Eye Technology Ltd

Released Photocoagulator PASCAL Synthesis 532 & 577.

Released High Definition Video Teaching System for PASCAL Lasers.

Released Slit Lamp with LED light source SL-D701.

Released Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomographer DRI OCT Triton/ Triton Plus.

Released Biometer Aladdin.

Released Ophthalmic Instrument stand IS-5500.

2016

Distribution Exclusivity of Kay Pictures Ltd

Released Non-Contact Tonometer CT-800A with Semi-Automatic Alignment and Automated Measurement.

Released Auto Kerato-Refractometer KR-800A.

Released Wall Instrument Table for 1 Instrument AIT-W1.

Released Wall Instrument Table for 2 Instruments AIT-W2.

Released IMAGEnet 6 Digital Imaging System.

2017

Released Digital Slit Lamp SL-D301.

2018

Distribution Exclusivity of ChongQing SunKingdom Medical Instrument Co. Ltd. Introduction of perimeter SK-850A Standard, SK-850A Expert and portable slit lamp LS-1B.

Distribution Agreement with Heine Instruments Canada.

Released Auto Kerato-Refractometer with Color Mapping KR-800PA.

Released Photocoagulator PASCAL Synthesis TwinStar 577 & 638 combined.

2019

Released Topcon Cloud

Released Harmony, Global Data Management

Released 3D OCT-1 Maestro2 with OCTA