The sun can be very harmful especially to the eyes and skin if you get too much of it. While some of us worship the sun we need to limit our exposure to it. Sun burn can lead to skin cancer and exposing the eyes for long periods of time can harm your vision. That is why sunglasses and sun screen are important prevention’s to keeping good eye and skin health.
Lets delve into some fun facts about sunglasses and see where it takes us. The earliest mention of sunglasses is back in prehistoric times when our friend Bubba the redneck caveman wore flat tinted glass from a stonemobile. Yes the cave men had automobiles back then to get away from dinosaurs and they ran on dinosaur manure(very eco friendly). When out driving they also used flattened ivory glasses to keep the sun out of their eyes. Sometimes the dinosaurs smashed the glass too bad so they had to have an alternate.
Mention of sunglasses also goes back to ancient China and ancient Rome. Nero wore polished gems to watch Gladiator fights. Many Chinese judges used smokey quarts to hide their expressions when interrogating suspects.
James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles around 1752. He believed blue or green tint could help correct eye problems. Protection from the suns rays were not an issue at this time. Glasses tinted with amber and brown were also subscribed to people with syphilis because one of the symptoms was sensitivity to light.
In the early 1900’s sunglasses became used more especially with Hollywood movie stars. Inexpensive mass product of sunglasses started in 1929 when Sam Foster introduced them to America. He sold them on the beaches of Atlantic City in New Jersey from a Woolworth’s on the Boardwalk. These sunglasses were designed to protect the eyes from the sun. Polarized sunglasses first became available in 1936 when Edwin Land began using his patented Polaroid filter when making sunglasses.
Sunglasses were also used during WW2 when Ray- Ban created Aviation anti glare sunglasses using polarization. Ray-Ban became popular with the public and celebrities in 1937 when the were introduced to the public. Today sunglasses with UV protection have become the standard for sunglasses and styles are changing constantly.
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