History of glasses
Although Quality Optical has been selling prescription glasses, sunglasses, and lenses since the 1980s, an unknown inventor believed to be from Italy somewhere between 1268 and 1289 invented glasses. Early on these were known to be worn by monks and scholars; they were held or balanced on the nose.
In 1452 begun an increase in the desire for literacy due to the invention of the printing press. Two important contributions were made in the 1700s with invention of the temples or arms that sit over top of the ears that were first advertised in 1728 and bifocals in 1784 thanks to Benjamin Franklin.
In the 1800s glasses were often sold by travelling peddlers, jewelers, and at general stores. Most people weren’t keen on purchasing them though as they were associated with old age and illnesss. Most, especially women, desired hand held designs such as the lognette to avoid being seen wearing glasses.
As Hollywood began to adopt the idea of glasses in the 1900s, styles and popularity increased. In 1913 a lens capable of blocking infrared and ultraviolet light which brought about sunglasses. New materials started being used for frames. Recently the movie, The Matrix, re-introduced a popular style from the 1900s. Called the pince-nez, loosely translated as nose pliers, this style of frame sat clamped snugly to the nose with no sides or temples. The issue however with these was that they often fell off, usually breaking, and started to be seen as something for old fashioned people. This was also the era when round frames became wildly popular as a Hollywood actor names Harold Lloyd wore them. Most recently the oversized lenses came back into fashion, but this was originally introduced by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 1970s.
Technology has enabled us to produce these quicker and more precision and more protection. The retina can be harmed by radiation of blue/violet light. This is produced by the sun, florescent, LED, and even by the screens we watch. The industry has now produced lenses that are able to block this spectrum of light. Please ask your specialist at Quality Optical for details.