Sunglasses have undergone a long journey since its most original form. Dating back to ancient times in China and Rome, mighty emperors took use of polished gems to watch gladiator fights. This was the most primitive form of sunglasses. After that, Chinese judges wore smoky quartz lenses in order to hide the expression on their face in the 1300s. In those days, rudimentary sunglasses were simply used to reduce glare. Some of the key features or functions provided by modern sunglasses such as vision correction and UV protection were unavailable in those early days.
Until the 18th century, sunglasses had no significant development with only an exception that Italians introduced a more advanced version of sunglasses into China in the 1400s. An innovative man named James Ayscough greatly contributed to the progression of sunglasses in the 1800s. He developed colored lenses at the first time because of an original idea in his mind that blue or green tinted glasses could probably solve specific vision problems. However, the function of UV protection was still beyond this guy.
Sunglasses widely seen now first appeared in around 20th century, which was testified by the first pair of Froster Grant sunglasses sold by the Froster Grant Company in New Jersey. Nowadays, there are many more household brands such as Ray Ban, Gucci, and Versace and so on. In fact, the most critical function of modern sunglasses is the protection from UV rays. And it is the most significant contribution of sunglasses to the human being.
It is needless to say that sunglasses are not limited to UV protection. They have also become a necessity in the realm of accessory. Having a fashionable pair of sunglasses is considered as an equal importance as keeping a stylish haircut. On the market, numerous designer sunglasses are there for customers' selection.