Top innovations in eyeglasses

Imagine a world without glasses. Difficult isn’t it? For this to happen, everyone should have perfect vision. But for some of us, that’s not possible. If you think about it, eyewear technology has advanced tremendously over the centuries, allowing eyeglasses to correct many different visual impairments.

Eyewear has been around for over 700 years, evolving century after century into what we now call modern, fashionable eyewear. The use of glasses has changed and nowadays some wear them just because they look cool.

But how did it all start?

Spectacles with leather frame, around 1700.

13th century spectacles

We cannot begin without mentioning at least the invention of the first glasses. Made from metal, leather and even bone, the first pair of glasses were basically 2 magnifying glasses united by the mentioned materials.

The main issue with these glasses was that they wouldn’t stay on your face. As the demand for innovative eyewear grew, so did the technological advancements in the production of different eyewear designs. Initially, many tried to unite the frames of glasses with ribbons or leather straps.

Then, in the early 1700s, the first branched glasses were invented, two frame-mounted stems that sat on your ears. From there, the glasses were experimented with and brought us other innovations that we still use today.

Two-in-one glasses

The most commonly used glasses are to help correct single visions, such as farsightedness and nearsightedness. If you have trouble seeing things up close but looking further away isn’t blurry, you may need a pair of glasses to correct farsightedness (farsightedness). The latter means you can see the bus on its way to the bus stop but the timetable in front of you is blurry.

Farsightedness can also be mild, and you may only need a pair of reading glasses or computer glasses to help correct your near vision.

If distant objects are blurry but your near vision is clear, this would be called nearsightedness (myopia). The bus schedule is now clear but you have trouble seeing the bus from a distance.

But for some it’s not so Easy as the correction of a single visual impairment. If you need to correct multiple visions, you might want to thank the inventor of bifocals. Another eyewear innovation to dominate the scene allowed eyeglasses to correct both nearsightedness and nearsightedness in a single frame. The first pair of bifocals were invented in the 1760s and developed into trifocals and progressives.

Bifocal, trifocal and progressive lenses are one and the same, meaning they all correct more than one power value. Progressive lenses are however an evolution of bifocal lenses, they allow a more fluid visual transition between visual corrections and a better aesthetic rendering.

Lasting hold

As the demand for glasses grew and they were mass-produced, simpler and faster ways were found to satisfy consumer needs. The fastest and cheapest material used is plastic, and many lenses are made from it.

But over the years, eyewear manufacturers and designers have found more durable materials. Online eyewear retailers love SmartBuyGlasses are part of this sustainable journey, they help give back to the community and find innovative ways for you to find a fashionable pair of eco-friendly glasses, like their Oh My Woodness! Collection.

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