The first vision aid, called a reading stone, was invented around 1000 AD. The reading stone was a glass sphere that was laid on top of the reading material to magnify the letters. The first wearable eye glasses were invented around 1284 in Italy. It is thought that Salvino D'Armate was their inventor.
Eyeglasses were invented in Pisa, Italy, around the year 1286. They were two framed glass or crystal stones, and were designed to be held up to the eyes by using a handle.
The history of sunglasses can be traced back ancient China and Rome. The earliest sunglasses were much different to those worn today with a completely different purpose. The credit of creating the first sunglasses for public sunglasses goes to James Ayscough from England in 18th century.
There are a number of different materials which are important in the production of eyeglass lenses, including the actual round pieces of plastic, adhesive tape, liquid with a lead base alloy, metal and various dyes and tints.
Contact lenses has become integral part of lives for hundreds of millions of people from all around the world, but technology for their creation is a very new thing that became feasible for everyday use only in the last few decades. Here you can read more about contact lens history.
History of optics, the branch of physics that investigates behavior and properties of light, spans entire modern history of mankind. Here you can read about most famous advances, inventors and events that shaped this great scientific field.
Corrective lenses are carefully engineered items that enable people with eye problems to regain normal eyesight, but the road to the modern lens technology was paved by the endless struggles, advancements and discoveries of countless inventors during our history. Here you can find out more about them.