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The History Of Glasses

The History Of Glasses

Graphics, also called goggles, were defined by Wikipedia as medication glasses with lenses attached to a frame that holds them in front of a person's eyes, usually using a bridge over the nose and a temple piece hung above the ear.

Eyeglasses are primarily used for improving vision as it helps in making images more transparent and reduces straining your eyes. However, sometimes these goggles are not used because of the aim of having a more precise vision but for fashion, as it also enhances the facial look when the correct glasses are being used. 

Apart from the corrective glasses, there are also eyewears used to protect the eyes from danger when working in a laboratory, known as safety glasses. There are different types of safety goggles depending on the vicinity they are to be used. Its primary purpose is to protect the eyes from glare and small particles in the air. 

Sunglasses enable better vision in broad daylight and protect your eyes from UV rays produced by the sun. Tinted sunglasses are made to reduce the light coming into contact with the eyes, and polarised lenses are for reducing glare. 

There is a type of sunglasses with a unique lens called the photochromic lens. These lenses automatically darken when exposed to light and become apparent within a short period when in a dark environment. 

When talking about prescription glasses are glasses that have the potential to correct eye defects. Non-prescription glasses have no corrective measures but can only protect the eyes from danger. 

There are also some special glasses known as intelligent sunglasses. These glasses can also be called computer glasses with unique functions like recording. There are so many styles and designs and brands of sunglasses presently as the market for sunglasses keeps growing higher and higher as people tend to know the usefulness to human eye health. 

 The History of Reading Glasses

The Early Life Of Sunglasses

The first person to invent glasses is unknown, as they have been used for over 2000 years. Nonetheless, the Romans were the first set of people to discover the proficiency of using glass reading by producing magnifying glasses. In the Roman tragedy, Seneca used the magnifying glass to read. 

However, the first glasses to be worn date from 13th century Murano, Italy. This small island is located north of Venice and is home to the Murano glass factory. Back then, eyeglasses were made of thick elementary lenses, and the frames were either wooden or leather. 

Monks primarily purchased these frames until their popularity rose in the Renaissance period. At that time, Murano glass makers were the only craftsmen with experience making glass to manufacture props. Because of this, glassblowers were forbidden to leave the island if they wanted to convey their secret knowledge to outsiders. Anyone who violates this rule is punishable by death!

However, the rest of Europe soon discovered this increasingly advanced Italian creation. In addition, glassmakers made and tested lenses of different thicknesses to enhance other vision requirements—essentially, they were the makers of the first optical lenses.

The first known artistic depiction of wearing spectacles is a painting by Tommaso da Modena in 1352.  The image demonstrates monks reading and inscribing articles. One of the monks was using a magnifying glass, and the second was wearing glasses on his nose.

The first pair of glasses could only be used to correct nearsightedness and presbyopia. And these glasses for myopia appeared much later, around the beginning of the 15th century.

However, the type of sunglasses we use today was created in the 18th century. New designs were created, including frames you can easily hang on your ears and nose bridge which makes the glasses start firmly on the face.

Notable Development

After over-the-ear innovation, the development of new glasses began to accelerate. Benjamin Franklin contributed significantly to the versatility of glasses, inventing the bifocal lens. These lenses are suitable for correcting long-sightedness and short-sightedness. In addition, the glass design allows you to wear a pair of glasses instead of two. 

In the 17th century, people understood the principle of concave and convex lenses. Hollow glass is used to correct myopia, so light rays are distorted. Convex lenses are used to correct nearsightedness so that the light rays converge. 

Glass, plastic or polycarbonate are lens materials for glasses. Glass is the original eyeglass material because it has good optical clarity, but glass lenses can be unwieldy for stronger prescriptions. Plastic lenses are much lighter than glass, but they scratch easily. The most delicate and thinnest material for lenses is polycarbonate, 

Another style of glasses popular with them was the pocket glasses, also known as scissors glasses. Some people prefer putting on their glasses only sometimes, so they get these special glasses that can be easily kept in their pocket because they can be easily folded. 

In the early 1800s, a unique cylindrical lens was manufactured that could rectify astigmatism. 

Up till the early 19s, eyeglasses were still not available for some. Therefore, if you want a pair of sunglasses, you will have to place your order, and it will take time to get them because eyeglasses were not massively produced. 

The  Industrial Revolution became imminent as time passed, and the mass production of frames and lenses made it easier for working men and women to obtain the eye correction they needed.


With the increasing availability of precise lens technology and prescriptions in the late 18s, the 19th century saw the trend for making glasses modern and stylish. As a result, frames in various shapes, materials and colours are available for those who want glasses to suit their face shape, eye colour or clothing.

Most styles have changed due to their availability and the development of rigid plastics; no need to make all glasses with wooden, metal or horn frames. Plastic can be easily formed into numerous shapes and sizes.

Other eyewear brands started experimenting with sunglasses with tinted lenses, but these lenses can not protect the eyes from UV rays. In  1900 tinted sunglasses were used by people whose eyes are susceptible to light. Later on, these glasses spread beyond medical help as it was also used for fashion, leading to high production in 1929.

In the 20th century, there was a drastic rise in the development of sunglasses. However, it was first used in China by judges so that people won't see their faces and expressions. 

In 1980, plastic lenses finally hit the market. They are less delicate and can be made lighter and tinier than their glass antecedents. In addition, modern technology helped expand the glasses world with protective coatings that reduce glare and UV rays.

Modern glasses have come a long way since glasses were first used. Glasses were initially made of thick glass, whereas most glasses today are made of plastic or polycarbonate. Not only are they safer and lighter, but they are also more scratch and impact resistant than glass lenses.

Today there are all kinds of glasses, whatever your eye problem. We see the first appearance of corrective lenses around the 17th century, but only recently have reading glasses and lens magnifiers been perfected. There's a reading glasses option for everyone, regardless of your power needs.

At Catwalk Eyewear, we offer reading glasses, Multi Focus™ lenses and even SunReaders®, sunglasses that double as reading glasses. So if you're unsure what your reading glasses need, don't worry! These resources can help you determine which lens resilience is proper for your eyesight and whether you require using reading glasses.

Among the many technical improvements in spectacles throughout the narrative, one of the most recent developments involves blue light glasses. Blue light glasses are specially designed to filter at least 30% of potentially harmful blue light* from digital screens, countering the transient effects of digital eye strain.

Another type of development made in glasses is the development of photochromic lenses. These lenses can change into dark colours when exposed to light. In 2011 the first computer glasses were invented by Google, and in 2014 a model of Google sunglasses was designed for mobile phones. We have different brands producing these intelligent sunglasses. 


There are numerous styles of sunglasses, such as the avatar, Cat-eye sunglasses, oversized shapes and so on. But about 200 years ago, there was nothing like that. 

Improvement in technology in the eyewear industry has played a significant role in the development of eyewear production.

Presently we have different types of development in the lenses of eyeglasses. For example, photochromic lenses enable you to engage in indoor and outdoor activities, and we also have polarised lenses which help in blocking glare produced by the reflective surface. We also have intelligent eyeglasses with unique features like Bluetooth, a camera, a photo and video viewer, a microphone and  GPS.  

Are you planning to get the latest style of glasses? Then, visit the Catwalk Eyewear store, and you will never regret patronising it as there are different brands of modern goggles, both prescription and nonprescription glasses. 



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