Glasses have been around for centuries and have helped millions of people see and understand the world around them better since then. The Romans were one of the first of many ancient societies to begin wearing glasses, but they used small magnifying glasses to see small text rather than the glasses we use in modern times. From frames made out of animal horn to those made with wood, glasses have come a long way since ancient times. You can now stylize your glasses to match your personality and give you an eye-catching look. Learn about the history of glasses and how technology has changed since they were first invented with this guide!
Vision problems have been a common occurrence among every country, nation and people throughout history. While the types of glasses that they used back then functioned well enough for their needs, the glasses we use nowadays are the result of innovative technology that has changed and improved over the centuries. No one knows who first invented glasses, but we know that the Romans used small magnifying glasses to read small text and that ancient monks during the Middle Ages used glass spheres to magnify their texts, as well. It’s well known that the first wearable glasses were used in Italy during the 13th century and continued to gain popularity throughout the Renaissance period. Eyewear frames then were typically made from wood, leather or animal horn and worn on the nose or held in front of the eyes. One of the ways that historians have been able to track the development of these glasses is through artwork that was created during different periods of history. The wealthy were often the only ones who could afford glasses, and therefore was a way to show off their prosperity and intelligence. By the 1600s, lenses for nearsightedness and farsightedness were available with many people using multifocal lenses. By the last 1700s, Benjamin Franklin had developed bifocal lenses to help people with nearsightedness and presbyopia to help with reading. However, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution during the 19th century when glasses started to become widespread among the public through mass production.
The late 19th century brought glasses to many areas of the world, particularly the United States. By the early 20th century, manufacturers began distributing fashionable frames that were different colors, shapes and materials. A variety of glasses became available, such as those by President Theodore Roosevelt that didn’t use ear pieces but a nose clip that kept the glasses in place. These eventually fell out of fashion as other types of glasses were invented. As plastic became widely used for other products, glasses eventually were created with plastic instead of leather or wood. This allowed for frames to be shaped into different shapes and sizes that past materials couldn’t replicate. Sunglasses also became popular during the 20th century as the populace was educated about the influence that sun exposure had on their eyes and these glasses were created to help reduce glare and sun damage. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s when plastic lenses were produced, even though plastic frames had been around for years already. Plastic lenses were lighter and less breakable than glass and could be enhanced with protective coatings to reduce the effects of UV light.
In the 21st century, we enjoy eyewear that can be used for sports, eye protection and vision. There are a variety of different styles, colors, materials and sizes that can be used in day-to-day life or while on the job. With all the choices available to you, it can be difficult to decide which glasses would best for your needs and wants. Consider some of the following questions when deciding between different glasses:
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you decide what you want, what looks best on you and what will function best for your needs. It’s also important to know how glasses should fit and what they should look like on your face. Make sure that your new glasses are wide enough for your face but still snug. The edges of the glasses should extend past the sides of your face to keep the temples from pressing into your face while wearing them. The nose piece/pad should fit firmly on your nose without slipping and your glasses should stay in place on your head when you move from side to side and up and down. Keep all of these factors in mind when choosing your next set of glasses and you’ll walk out of the office with glasses that function and look great on you.
At Peeper’s Optical, we offer a range of different frames and glasses for you needs. We can help you pick out the glasses that work well for you and we promise that you’ll leave our optical store satisfied and impressed with your purchase. If you’re ready to get the glasses of your dreams, call our office at (303) 333-2800. Your glasses should be stylish just like you, so call today to get the right pair for you!