History Of Sunglasses
You may be surprised to find out that in the history of
sunglasses, they werent always used to protect peoples
eyes from the sun.
Sunglasses date back to ancient China and Rome where it is
reported that Roman emperor Nero enjoyed watching the
gladiator fights through polished gems. And in China,
sunglasses were used in the twelfth century, possibly even
Sunglasses were first made out of lenses that were flat
pieces of smoky quartz. They were not used as prescription
sunglasses to correct vision and they did not block any of
the harmful UV rays, but they did reduce the glare and made
those bright sunny days a little easier on the eyes.
Chinese judges used smoky quartz glasses to hide their eye
expressions in order to interview witnesses.
Sunglasses did not undergo any changes until the eighteenth
century when James Ayscough experimented with tinted lenses
in eyeglasses. He believed that glass colored
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