10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SUNGLASSES

8 November 2022
10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SUNGLASSES

SUNGLASSES WERE INVENTED BY NATIVE AMERICANS

A tribe indigenous to Alaska called the Inuit originally invented the first pair of eyewear. It was a form of snow goggles to reduce the reflection of light from the snow. Thus, preventing snow blindness. 

However, it was not made of glass or plastic, these innovators created a gadget out of animal bone, wood and leather. Only a single slit for each eye allowed for light to enter.

THE TERM SUNGLASSES IS TECHNICALLY INCORRECT

Once upon a time, these accessories were made from glass but today high-performance plastic lenses add various improvements, including lighter weight and shatterproof lenses. But calling it ‘sunplastics’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

GLASSES WERE A PART OF COURT ATTIRE

After the Inuit, eyewear was found in ancient China. However, it was not to assist with vision or even style. In the 12th century, Chinese Judges used a piece of smoked quartz in hopes to disguise their expressions to the defendants on trial.

THE MOST SUNGLASSES OWNED IN THE WORLD

Elton John is known for wearing eccentric designer sunglasses wherever he goes. In fact, there’s even an award-winning play production called ‘Elton John’s Glasses’. The English singer-songwriter claims to own over 250,000 pairs of sunglasses! Spectacular indeed.

THEY'RE IMPORTANT FOR EYE HEALTH & PREVENTING WRINKLES!

The most important benefit of wearing glasses is that they protect you from eye strain caused by UV (ultra-violet) rays. This UV light can harm your cornea, lens, retina and even your eyelids. 

Sunglasses also prevent you from constantly squinting which could cause ‘dynamic wrinkles’. Eventually, it produces permanent creases and lines - even when you’re not squinting!

THE MOST PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR

If you’re looking for sunnies that truly protects your eyes, choose a polarised pair with high UV protection. Bigger eyewear also offer more coverage for the skin around your eyes. 

However, if you already have macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, then amber and brown lenses may be more useful. These lenses enhance contrast, which can help you see better.

THE PERFECT PAIR FOR YOU

Yes, sunglass trends are fun, but it’s important to invest in a pair of sunglasses that fit your face correctly. The shape of your sunnies can make or break your look and even enhance your best features.

CHRISTIAN DIOR WAS THE FIRST LUXURY BRAND TO PRODUCE SUNGLASSES

Christian Dior was among the first couture companies to license their range of glasses back in the 60’s. So, in a way, Dior invented designer sunglasses. As expected, high-class fashionistas quickly took to the branded eyewear. 

SUNGLASSES IN THE MATRIX

The Matrix movie holds the record for the most sunglasses featured in a movie. Moreover, if you look closely, you’ll notice that protagonists have round or oval-shaped glasses whereas antagonists have rectangular lenses. 

GEMSTONE GLASSES

emerald glasses

In Ancient Rome, Emperor Nero apparently wore polished emerald gemstones while he watched gladiator fights in the colosseum. However, historians are not exactly sure whether he wore it to protect his eyes from the sun or to aid his near-sightedness. 

ALSO SEE: Sunglasses Are The Most Iconic Fashion Accessory of All Time

WHERE TO FIND DESIGNER SUNGLASSES

If you’re looking for spectacular sunglasses, then you’ve come to the right place. At Luxity, we’re well-known for our extensive designer sunnies selection which includes all your Brand OK'zion. Visit our online store to check out our women’s and men’s collections.

 

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