Rx Optical Blog Image Little Known Facts About Glasses 08.02.19

Little Known Facts About Eyeglasses

What do you put on every morning? Wear all day long? Take off before you go to sleep? Here is a clue…they help you see clearer and you don’t leave home without them. Any guesses?

It’s your eyeglasses (obviously)! It is so natural for us to put them on in the morning, we don’t often give them anymore thought than that.

With our doctors being focused on vision every single day, they have lots of interesting facts about eyewear we thought would be fun to share.

The History of Glasses

Although the term “glasses” came along much later, the first vision aid was invented around 1000 AD. This was called, “the reading stone.” Unlike the glasses we know today, reading stones weren’t worn. They were set on top of small letters to magnify the text, which made reading easier.

It’s thought that the first wearable glasses were created in Italy in 1824. These were made using wood, copper, leather, or bone. They were usually held manually, since they came without any mechanism that would keep them on your face.

To make glasses actually wearable, Spanish eyeglass manufacturers tied ribbons around the lenses and looped them around their ears. This kept the wearer from having to hold their glasses up themselves.

Fun Eyeglasses Facts

Modern glasses are not made with glass. Instead, our glasses are made of high-tech plastics that can be treated to filter harmful UV rays. This makes modern glasses thinner, lighter, and more durable.

Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, developed the bifocal lens when he grew tired of changing his glasses in order to see near and far. To make his life easier, he put two lenses in one.

Can you guess who has the most impressive collection of eyeglasses? It’s none other than the Rocketman himself: Elton John. It’s estimated he has anywhere between 2,000 and 250,000 eyeglasses!

If you are a glasses wearer, you are not alone – 25% of the world wears prescription glasses or corrective lenses. Stop in to find your new favorite pair of eyeglasses, to receive a comprehensive eye exam, or to chat with our doctors about the best solution for you. See you soon!