An Overview of Glasses

June 20, 2019

Glasses, also known as eyeglasses or spectacles are devices used for vision correction, eye protection and safety. They have been around for centuries and are currently not only a health and safety device, but also an indispensable and powerful accessory when it comes to setting a personal style.

As people get older they are more likely to need glasses. It is estimated that over 90% of people over the age of 65 will need corrective lenses at some point in their life.

Corrective lenses are used to correct vision and alleviate the effects of conditions such as myopia, farsightedness and astigmatism. But glasses made of break proof plastic lenses are also worn to protect the eyes in different situations. Construction workers, factory workers, lab technicians, as well as people practicing extreme sports are advised to wear these types of glasses for their safety.

Glasses frames are usually made of plastic, nylon, some metals like gold, silver, aluminium and titanium or even natural materials such as wood, bone, ivory or leather.

The first eyeglasses were made in Italy more than eight centuries ago. They were born in Pisa, a city which is known by the famous leaning tower. But the oldest pair of sunglasses date from the 1400 and were found in Germany. These days, the main components of glasses are the lenses, of course, as well as the frames, the bridge and the nose pads. These allow for a comfortable resting of the glasses in your nose and ears.

The eyewear industry has grown to be one of the most stable and creative industries of the modern world. Even if an increasing amount of people is resorting to eye surgery to correct their vision, eyeglasses and sunglasses have become not only a device that protects and corrects vision, but also a major fashion accessory, indispensible when it comes to setting one’s personal style.

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