Eyeglasses have long been the corrective eyewear of choice for many people. They have, in fact, a long history dating from centuries ago. In this article, your eye care doctors from Vision Care Plus explain how eyeglasses came to be what they are today.
The inventor of the first lens-fitted spectacles is not known. Despite this, the first century AD saw people using a magnifying tool made of a glass globe filled with water. Seneca, a well-known philosopher, satirist and dramatist of the Roman times, carried this device to read “all books of Rome.”
By the 13th century, glass blowers from Venice produced reading stones out of solid glass and fitted them on single frames made of wood or horn. These are the early prototypes of the handheld magnifying glasses we know of today.
First Form of Eyeglasses
Many historians believe that the Italians were the first to develop eyeglasses. They were shaped like two small magnifying glasses made of metal, bone, or leather, and were mounted on the bridge of the nose. Imagine eyeglasses that eye care specialists prescribe but without the temples attached.
Eyeglasses Further Evolve
By the 17th century, innovation had helped glasses become popular. They became a necessary object for rectifying vision, thanks to understanding of the principle of concave and convex lenses. Concave glasses correct nearsightedness, while convex ones aid those who are farsighted.
Around this time, Spanish craftsmen began making eyeglass frames with temples in the form of silk or string ribbons. Missionaries began shipping them out to China. When the Chinese saw these new devices, they attached small metal weights to the strings.
Today, eyeglasses are available in different materials and types. These are accessible in optical shops and in eye care centers like Vision Care Plus. Turn to us for premium-quality eyewear and frames collections.
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