About Us

A Rich History Empowering A Bright Future   

It began in 1969 when brothers William and Rolf Schmidt co-founded Sharpoint, Inc. From their garage workshop they developed the technology that would set the standard for producing ultra fine, premium ophthalmic surgical products for the next 50 years. In 1986, a significant portion of the business was acquired and folded into the Alcon Laboratories portfolio. Five years later, the remaining part of the business was renamed Surgical Specialties. By the mid 1990’s the Schmidts were once again advancing technology, serving as directors of Unique Technology, producing flat-stock surgical blades as an OEM supplier to Alcon and other leading private label brands. They also founded VPM Surgical to further advance blade-making technologies and supply wire-stock OEM blades. In 2018, things came full circle, as Unique Technologies and VPM Surgical were acquired by Surgical Specialties, owner and manufacturer of the Sharpoint brand that the Schmidts established in 1969. Today, Caliber Ophthalmics is a wholly-owned division of Surgical Specialties, continuing the legacy of excellence in ophthalmics that began 50 years earlier.

At Caliber Ophthalmics, our goals are the same as our customers’ – effortless tissue penetration with excellent tactile feedback to create clean, accurate, and self-sealing incisions.

To meet these goals, we’ve brought together the world’s most trusted and respected ophthalmic solutions, including the Sharpoint microsurgical knives recognized around the world. We’re committed to providing surgeons with the options best suited for individual procedures, techniques and patient needs. That’s why we’ve created a remarkably broad portfolio of world-class knives and blades — a single source that ensures that every surgeon, around the globe, has access to the right blade for the right procedure, each and every time.