Sunglasses have a bleak past, but a bright future ahead of them. The origin of sunglasses can be traced back to the Roman Emperor Nero, who used polished bright emerald green jewels kept up to his eyes to watch gladiator fights.
Sunglasses were invented somewhere between 1268 and 1289. A drawing by Tomaso da Modena from 1352 is a visual historical archive of early sunglasses. The person was sporting sunglasses in the drawing. It was the first painting showing a subject sporting sunglasses, and there would be many more as the accessory became a fashionable emblem of distinction or honor.
Around the twelfth century and before 1430, sunglasses were worn by Judges in the Courts of Chine. Sun security was not provided by the smoky quartz, flat-glassed panes. They were used to hide any expression in their eyes in order to prevent the result of their actions from being seen. In 1430, the Italians invented prescription sunglasses, which were later adopted by Chinese judges.
People started to recognize the importance of prescription glasses as a way to help the elderly see properly in the 1600s, and the motto "A Blessing to the Aged" was coined in 1629.
James Ashough patented blue and green contact lenses in the mid-eighteenth century, paving the way for the use of sunglasses to fix vision issues.
Throughout the years, the evolution of lenses and sunglasses has continued. Experiments were begun as a result of difficulties holding eyeglasses on the face or propped on the nose. The lenses of the glasses were made of fabric, bones, and metal, and they were propped on the nose.
Edward Scarlett actually patented solid sidepieces in 1730. Bifocal lenses were invented by Benjamen Franklin in 1780. By the 20th Century, sunglasses were used to protect the eyes from the sun.
The Army Air Corps commissioned Bausch & Lomb to create sunglasses that would effectively minimize high-altitude sun glare for pilots in the 1930s.
By 1936, Edward H. Land had invented the Polaroid filter, and he was using it to make sunglasses, and sunglasses had become “popular.”
By the 1970’s Hollywood stars and fashion designers made a huge impact on the sunglasses market.
In 2007, celebrities are already hidden behind their bulky designer sunglasses, making fashion statements and still shielding their eyes from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.