Glasses are of the inventions that may get overlooked because of the abundance of eyewear products we have in this day and age. Although, when you think about it; where would we be without them? According to The Vision Council 166 million (US) adults wear prescription glasses. This is 63.7% of the United States population. Most of us rely on our glasses and contacts to lead the way for us, without them we’d be lost in a blur.
How Were The First Glasses Made?
During the 13th century of Italy, a man named Salvino D’Armati invented glasses as we know them today. He accomplished this feat by inventing two convex lenses placed in wood with a shaft held together with a rivet. The convex lenses were made by cutting a glass sphere in half, apparently the scientist Roger Bacon conducted experiments on this and advocated for the use of them. Although, some dispute that this was the first case of the invention of glasses. In the Middle Ages it’s said that Monks used glass spheres as magnifying glasses to read. Glass and other objects have been used as magnifying tools all throughout history. We have to give our thanks to those in the past for this incredible invention.