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THE INNOVATION OF EYEGLASSES
Transcript of THE INNOVATION OF EYEGLASSES
The invention of the Guggenheim Press made books available to many people. Books made more people get glasses to read.
In the early 1600s, the rigid nose bridge was invented to help balance easier on the face with the new style.
MID - LATE 1700s
Ben Franklin came up with the idea of bifocals during this time. Bifocals are lens that have two vision lengths, one for the near-sighted and one for the far-sighted.
U.S President, Thomas Jefferson, was the first president to order a pair of eyeglasses. This was the first pair of glasses invented to correct blurry vision.
The downfall of eyeglasses started in the early 1900s because of World War I. It caused America to lose their supply of ophthalmic glass. The loss of glass during this time started Bausch & Lomb, the world’s first eyeglasses company.
In the 1940s, instead of having eyeglasses made with plastic, they are now made with acrylic lens. In this time, ladies who cheered on for Elvis Presley prefer the cat’s-eye frame. Men favored black thick rectangular frames.
The first lightweight eyeglasses were invented.
BY: JENNY AND KRISTI
Glasses may seem like modern day inventions, but they're actually quite ancient. The first known use of glass to improve vision was in the Roman Empire, during a sporting event. This changed over the past 2000 years of innovation and invention. Glasses helped improve better vision.
In the mid 1300s, riveted spectacles were invented. The rivets on the spectacles helped adjust to every facial structure. The V-shape on the spectacles helped the frame balance on top of the bridge of the nose.
1990s - PRESENT
Emperor Nero was extremely shortsighted and was the first person to ever use a gem (emerald), which he used as a glass to improve his sight when watching gladiator games. The Romans believed that gems were very useful and helped improve sight. It took about 1200 years for eye glasses to be made since this time.
54 - 68 A.D.
In 1987, Optima introduced new polycarbonate lens— thin and distortion free. This made people get the latest glasses as they got rid of their old ones— glasses with coke-bottle lenses.
The expansion of glasses led to people creating glasses made out of sustainable or recycled materials. Tiny amounts of fluid are added to Professor Joshua Silver's glasses to make lens easy to remove out of the frames.
Everyone chose plastic glasses over metal glasses because they were lighter. In the 1970s, bigger was better. Having huge frames for round or square glasses became the most popular style in this time.
MID - LATE 1200s
An Italian member of the church, named, Salvino D’Armate, created the first pair of spectacles. Spectacles were mainly used by monks and scholars working with ancient manuscripts who didn't have the time for sporting events.
The new design are still glasses that we wear today, the Foster Grant and Space Shuttle.
Emperor Nero committed suicide on June 9’ 68 A.D.. He was known for many executions, one including of his mother. He also poisoned his stepbrother, Britannicus. He was also known for capturing Christians and burning them alive at night for the source of light.
Spectacles were a different name for glasses back then.
Because the riveted spectacles helped stay on the nose, it was very useful to spectators who were viewing croquet games.
The new design was very convenient while watching William Shakespeare’s new plays.
Some famous people like George Washington and Napoleon wore the quizzing glasses and stem glasses and made them high fashion just by wearing them!
The invention of glasses to correct astigmatism (blurriness) was also the same time “Base Ball” was invented. By correcting the blurriness, it helped watch the base ball games.
By the creation of more movies and television invented, people demanded more distance-seeing glasses, but Ben Franklin's small rounded frames are still in style at this time.
Back then, grandchildren would wear the same frames and called themselves 'hipsters'.
While the first lightweight glasses were manufactured, it was just in time for people to watch The Beatles.
The coolest viewers who watched 'Saturday Night Live' were the ones who wore the biggest frames.
For the first time ever, less wealthy people wore glasses that were mounted on leather or wood and were sold by street vendors.
The sustainable and recycled glasses were perfect for people who wanted to wear the same glasses as their grandparents