Gandhi’s Eyeglasses To Be Auctioned

I know this article is not so relevant to running our optical businesses but I do think it is of major historic significance with a pair of eyeglasses having center stage so I feel the need to comment on it. Here is the news report: New York (AP) - Mahatma Gandhi's distinctive wire-frame eyeglasses are among rare personal items that belonged to … [Read more...]

History of Eyeglasses

4 BC-65 AD-It's been reported that Seneca - the Roman statesman, dramatist, and philosopher ,used a glass globe filled with water as a magnifier to read "all the books of Rome." 1000's- Glass blowers in Italy are credited with producing reading stones made of solid glass. These devices were similar to hand-held magnifying lenses of today. … [Read more...]

The History of Sunglasses

It is said that the Roman emperor Nero liked to watch gladiator fights through polished gems to recreate with the color and image distortion. 1300-Chinese judges wore smoke-colored quartz lenses to conceal their eye expressions in court. The "lenses" of these glasses were flat panes of smoky quartz, which offered no corrective powers but did … [Read more...]