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Timeline of eyeglasses
13 Oct 2017
Eyeglasses first thought to be made around this time...
to this time. Only used by monks and scholars, held in front of eyes or balanced on nose
The printing press was invented, making books easier to access, and encouraging advances in eyeglass and mass production of them.
The most significant improvement at this time was temple pieces, the little things that hook on to your ears, Benjamin Franklin also invented bifocals around this point
Temple pieces first came out
Scissor spectacles invented around this time
Martins Margins invented
Split Bifocal first introduced
Around this time, the lorgnette, created 1780 became popular due to the fact that glasses were related to old age
The Prince-nez, a pair of eyeglasses that rested on your nose became popular around this time. The problems of this pair was that the way they fit on your face tended to make them uncomfortable, and they broke easily from dropping.
Temple spectacles replaced the Prince-Nez from actor influence and started to become a popular choice. Around the 1930s, sunglasses were made by Sir William Crookes, designed for military pilot use, absorbing both UV and Infrared rays.
Spectacles became more and more integrated into the everyday wardrobe.
Oversized lenses became popular around this time due to an actor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
By this time the plastic lenses are made by grinding and are perfected to the buyers vision, frames are considered an accessory. Chemicals and solutions are used to further perfect the lenses and improvements are constantly being added to eyeglasses
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