The Shady Past of Shades
Who is that Emperor Behind Those Foster Grants?
Most of us don’t wear our”, sun glasses at night”, but we a least don them in the car and at the beach. Sunglasses may seem to be a mid 20th century invention, but their roots go back to ancient times. Nero, the infamous Roman Empower who fiddled while Rome burned, may have used gemstones to reduce the glare. He was noted to use gemstones over his eyes during sporting events to get a better view.
In ancient China it was said that judges wore quartz over their eyes to appear more mysterious and wise. That would be the first use of sunglasses by individuals to appear cool. It leaves one wondering what would go on in Judge Judy’s court room if she appeared wearing her foster grants.
Sunglasses were originally designed in the 1700’s; by James Edcouch as a way to treat various eye diseases. Most people who donned dark glasses were those with reduced vision or suffering from a disfiguring eye injury.
A Shady Star is Born
The eye glasses as we know them today were not invented until 1929; when, Sam Foster of Foster Grant fame introduced them to the public. They were toted as a way to protect eyes from the summer sun. Tourist, especially in beach areas flocked to own a pair. Movie star soon discovered they could give an air of mystique by wearing them during all months of the year.
Improvements were made on the first shades, when Edwin H. Land of the Polaroid Land Company introduced polarized lenses. Today, sunglasses come in every conceivable style. One can spend hundreds of dollars on a designer pair or buy a pair at the dollar store. You can get lenses in your prescription or simply clip lenses over your normal glasses. Specialized glasses in the form of goggles can be used for skiing or other sports where bright glare is an issue.
Sunglasses are designed to improve vision in bright light. Today’s sunglasses go a bit farther and like sunscreen on our skin, help protect our eyes from ultraviolet light. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light has been linked to cataracts and retinal damage.
Sun glasses were invented in 1929 by Sam Foster of the iconic Foster-Grant. They were not viewed as a vital fashion accessory, but rather as practical tool to protect eyes from the bright summer sun. Their initial popularity was with tourist. It was an ideal market because here was a group of people who spent large amounts of time in outdoor settings looking at things during the sunniest part of the year.
Then movie stars in Hollywood found that sun glasses could add to their celebrity mystique. Sun glasses sun were a practical and at the same time glamorous every day assuror. By 1936, polarized lens where crated by Edwin H. Land of the PolaroidLand company..
A nation of shady characters
People with light eyes may be especially light sensitive, and may use a tint on their prescription lens. There are also lens that darken as the light brightens in the environment and go back to clear lens when the light is low. This can be very helpful for people who have light sensitivity that interferes with the acuity of their vision. The adjustable tint on the lens allows the wearer to not have to constantly fumble for their dark glasses or clip ones.
It is estimated well over 200 million Americans use sunglasses or clip ones. Many of us own more than one pair of sunglasses. If you like to have sun glasses to match every out fit you can do it and not break the bank. Of course this means you have to avoid the pricier designer brands. If you like the look of certain designer brand, it is pretty easy to find a wallet friendly knock
Sunglasses have a number of practical uses. They definitely improve vision in bright light. Today, sun glasses offer protection against ultraviolet rays.
This is important because prolonged exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet rays can cause retinal damage and cataracts. Sun glasses are vital to eye health. People wear sunglasses after eye exams when they have their eyes dilated. They are also worn by eye patients after surgeries and to conceal eyes that are in some way disfigured. They play an important role in helping people with light sensitive eyes to avoid eye strain and general discomfort.
Sunglasses in general can be considered a fashion accessory that is a must have for most people The Vision Council of Alexandria Virginia reports that over a 190 million people in this country wear non prescription glasses and another 25 million use sunglass clip ones over their prescription lenses.
You can find the right sunglasses to compliment your features, coloring, and style
Many women are confused about the large selection of different colors and frames available on the market for non prescription sun glasses. Experts say it is best to know your face shape and to pick a sunglass frame that compliments your facial shape. There a several basic shapes for the human face. These are: round, oval, oblong, triangle, inverted triangle, diamond, and square. You simply pick a frame that contrasts your basic facial shape. Below is an example of this process.
Oval Faces- look best in square frames
Square Faces- need softer edged frames to soften the look. They look be in round frames.
Triangle Faces- can gee away with cat eye frames and frames that feature a straight line on top.
Round Faces- look best in square or rectangular frames. Most folks with this type of facial features can carry of thicker frames…
If you have very small facial features make sure you do not overwhelm them with excessively large frames. It you have larger facial features make sure to pick frames that do not look like you are wearing your kids sun glasses. Small cat eye sun glasses are not for women with larger facial feature’s the most common skin tones are warm and cool. Warm skin tones have various shades of yellow undertones. Frames that complement this skin tone are various shades of brown, metallics, reds, and deeper colors. Cool skin tones have underlain pink or blue tones. Any brownish rose, black, true white, and any shade of blue look best on complexions with this shading.
Frames these days come in every conceivable color. Some women like to own several pairs of sun glasses to match their outfits. If you invest in one or two expensive pairs of sunglasses you are going to want to select frames that complement your skin tone. The most common skin tones are warm and cool. Warm skin tones have various shades of yellow undertones. Frames that complement this skin tone are various shades of brown, metallic, reds, and deeper colors. Cool skin tones have underlain pink or blue tones. Any brownish rose, black, true white, and any shade of blue look best on complexions with this shading. Women of color will want to pick shades of frames that are bold and do not fade into their darker complexion.
Lastly lens come in varying levels of shading. Darker lens are best for places near water because of the added glare. Lighter shaded and graduated lens are best for people who are in and out of indoor lightening frequently. You want lenses that do not require that you remove your sun glasses every time you enter a room , these are the kind of glasses that are practical to go shopping with because they will protect your eyes against bright light and not overly restrict your ability to see things clearly. Obviously, driving glasses must be dark enough to deal with direct sunlight that you encounter when you drive. If you have prescription glasses and do not want to take on the expense of prescription sun glasses then, you can use clip on shades when you drive. You can still carry a pair of fashion sun glasses to use once you reach your destination.
Have More Than One Pair
Sunglasses are a great way to accessorize your summer wardrobe. You can look up current sunglass trends online, but realize the sunglasses that compliment your face shape and skin tone will not change from year to year. Designer sun glasses are great to make a fashion statement, but may not be practical to endure being accidently covered with sand at the beach. Because we tend to wear sunglasses everywhere, it is best to have a practical every day pair and a fun wear to the pool party pair.
So get ready for the beach and buy a new pair of sunglasses for the summer season.Most parents have their children don sunglasses at the beach. Yet, experts say that problems with exposure to UV light start early in life so it is probably good to have your kids wear sunglasses whenever they are out in the bright sun for long periods of time. Small kids will be harder to convince to keep their shades on, but kids around the age of five may understand the importance of protecting their eye health. Avoid the cheap cartoon sunglasses at the dollar store. Make sure your child is wearing 100 percent both UVA and UVB protection.
Keeping track of sun glasses can be hard for kids. Try a colorful glasses chain to help your kid keep track of their shades.
Sunglasses for your cat is probably going overboard, but in you have a dog breed that has very light eye then blocking out UV rays may make the dog more comfortable outside. Doggles are the most poplar brand of doggie sunglasses they come in a wide verity of styles and colors.
Rose Colored Glasses Learn about Lenses
Sunglasses for fun and fashion may not be sun glasses that you wear when you are spending a great deal of time in the sun. It helps to know a bit about different kinds of sunglass lens in order to make the best choice of sunglasses that you want to have for the serious job of protecting your vision.
Sunglasses like regular prescription lens come in different materials. There is a difference in how scratch resistant each type of lens is. The three types of lens material are plastic, glass, and polycarbonate. Active people will probably want a shatter proof lens made of polycarbonate. Both plastic and polycarbonate lens are much lighter than glass lens. Glass lens tend to shatter easily, but they are the most scratch resistant. Sports glasses of any type are not glass as it would be unsafe to wear them in situations where they might shatter easily. Most of us are fine with plastic lens, but you have to be careful not to scratch them.
Lens color is also somewhat dictated by what you are using the sunglasses for. You may want to see the world through ‘rose colored glasses”, but the best true to color lens are gray or green. Brown glasses improve contrast for sporting events. For shooting, many hunters prefer to wear yellow or orange lens because they help you see through early morning haze.
Many lenses have material on them to help them filter or deflect incoming light. Mirror sunglass lenses deflect much of the light of bright sunny conditions. They can be especially helpful to wear when boating as they help deflect some of the reflection of bright sun on the water.
Photo chromic lenses are the lenses that automatically darken when you enter a bright area. These lenses eliminate the need for clip-on’s or prescription sunglasses for a number of people. They may not provide enough protection when you are participating in activities like skiing. If you play sports often you will want to invest in prescription sunglasses designed to handle the impact of an active lifestyle. If you do not use a prescription in your lenses a large variety of sporting sunglasses can be found at any large sporting goods store.
Most of us use polarized lenses that do a good job reflecting glare when driving. We need to use caution when picking driving sunglasses that we don’t pick a lens color that distorts our ability to see traffic signals. There have been some studies that shows some lens does distort are ability to properly view traffic signals. Also you need to adjust how you see out of bifocal sunglasses, before you hit the road.