The History of Eyeglasses

A modern pair of spectacles consists of a frame hosting special lenses. In brief, eyeglasses are worn in front of the eyes nestled atop the nose, correcting one’s vision or protecting the eyes from potential damage. Even if glasses seen in modern times come in a huge variety of types made with advanced technologies, eyewear in its early ages was considerably different. The history of eyeglasses originates from as early as the first century, when magnifiers with a glove of glass filled with water were used to see things more clearly. During the years before 9th century, inventors had been worked hard to design spectacles that can be worn on face. During the 9th century, people had the availability of reading stones that were actually pieces of clear glass polished and shaped into round rocks.

The first pair of wearable eyeglasses was said to appear in the 1200s. However, there are still much mystery and speculation in the history about spectacles invention. One point has remained even after these centuries that convex lenses are used to correct farsightedness and concave lenses are for myopia. There is also saying that the first pair of bifocal glasses was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. Modern designs of bifocals are more or less similar to this original style developed by Franklin. As commonly known today, bifocal glasses enable a special group of people to see clearly things in both near and far distances.

Since the invention of spectacles, there have been many technological breakthroughs as people know more about how the eyes work. For instance, those heavy magnifying glasses have been replaced by modern lightweight, comfortable glasses. In addition, eyeglasses with stylish designs are now widely used to express a fashion statement. Vision correction is not the only function now. A large number of individuals now use spectacles to enhance their personalities and lifestyles.