Glasses are a godsend of an invention; if you have vision problems, an eye doctor will prescribe you your glasses and, voila–you can see.If you don’t want the sun to get in your eyes, pop on some sunglasses and you have can comfortably see on a sunny day to watch your kids play. Glasses can even make you look more fashionable.
Of course, like everything we enjoy today, eyewear had a long road to get to the form that we know.
In this post, AAPECS Atlantic Eyecare gives you the lowdown on the history of eyewear and the various forms it took throughout the centuries.
The History of Eyewear
It’s actually hard to trace the actual beginnings of the eyeglasses as the inventor of the first spectacle lenses is unknown. The first eyeglasses were said to have been produced in Italy by monks or craftsmen from either Pisa or Venice in the 13th century. These were known as magnifying lenses, with the glasses set into mounting of bone, metal or leather that could be balanced on the bridge of the nose. These glasses were only used to rectify hyperopia and presbyopia while the eyeglasses to rectify myopia only appeared in the early 15th century.
According to your eye care center, by the 17th century, the concept of the concave and convex lenses were known; concave glasses were used to rectify nearsightedness and convex glasses helped farsightedness. The cylindrical lenses for correcting astigmatism on the other hand was invented by Sir George AIry in 1825 while bifocal lenses for presbyopia were first created by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. From then on, eyewear continuously evolved into what we know today.
Types of Old-Fashioned Eyewear
Made famous by President Theodore Roosevelt, this eyewear came in three styles: hard bridge, c-bridge and spring bridge.
The monocle was used as far back as 1720 but was not seen in England until the 1830s. The concept was modified time and time again, as they were first held by wire frame before a raised gallery was added to prevent lashes from knocking against it. It’s often associated with the aristocracy from the 19th Century but are now starting to re-emerge as a fashion statement in recent times.
This type of eyewear was made to correct distance vision and were very ornate and delicate. George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte were said to have own these glasses.
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