Former Visique Rose Optometrist Paul Rose is a recipient of a Companion of the said Order for the New Year Honours List for his service to ophthalmology and optometry.
"The award, for me, is the greatest honour to be recognised in your own country for your contribution.
"It's a wonderful aspect of being involved in something so positive, like giving people back their sight."
In 1969, the Rose opened his own practice in Frankton, Hamilton. By the 1980s, he was delving deeper into contact lenses.
Rose said contact lenses were very poor back then, with only one type, materials that didn't breathe, with only 50 percent of people being able to wear them.
He created the Rose K lens for people who suffer from the condition Keratoconus. Keratoconus is when your cornea is a cone shape, rather than a normal round shape. This can make wearing and fitting contact lenses difficult. Keratoconus has been compared to "viewing a street sign through your car windscreen during a driving rainstorm".
His Rose K lens designs are now distributed internationally and Rose spends his time travelling around the world lecturing about the design. Since then, he has introduced other Rose K lenses for other variations of eye conditions, with another design due to come out in 2017.
His other awards include the British Contact Lens Association Industry Award 2014, the European Federation of Contact Lens and IOL Industries Award 2007, and the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (USA) Creative Design and Process Award 2000.
"Those awards are all basically industry awards. This one is different for me. I think it's great honour."
Check out the TV interview with Paul Rose - http://roseklens.com/home/rose-k-inventor-honored/
To find out more about Keratoconus, go to - http://roseoptom.co.nz/index.php/common-eye-conditions/keratoconus/