The best innovations in eyewear

Imagine a world without glasses. Difficult, isn’t it? For this to happen, everyone would have to have perfect vision. But for some of us, that is not possible. If you think about it, eyeglass technology has advanced significantly 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 today call modern, on-trend eyewear. The use of glasses has changed and nowadays some wear them just because they look cool.

But how did it all start?

Glasses with leather frames, circa 1700.

thirteenth century eyeglasses

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

The main problem with these glasses was that they didn’t stay on your face. As the demand for innovative eyewear increased, technological advancements in the production of different models of eyewear increased. Initially, many tried to unite the frame of the glasses with ribbons or leather straps.

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

Two-in-one prescription glasses

The most commonly used glasses are to help correct simple vision, such as hyperopia and nearsightedness. If you have trouble seeing things up close but looking away is not blurry, you may need a pair of glasses to correct hyperopia (hyperopia). The latter means you can see the bus heading towards the bus stop but the time in front of you is blurry.

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

If distant objects are rather blurry but your near vision is clear, it would be called nearsightedness (nearsightedness). The bus timetable is now clear but you have trouble seeing the bus in the distance.

But for some it is not also 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 has allowed the eyewear to correct both myopia and myopia in a single frame. The first pair of bifocals were invented in the 1760s and evolved into bifocals and progressive lenses.

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

A durable garment

As demand increased and glasses were mass produced, simpler and faster ways were found to meet consumer needs. The fastest and cheapest material used is plastic and many glasses are made from it.

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

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