A History of
Glasses & Spectacles

People have been using glasses and contact lenses to correct their vision for centuries. In the past, there were only a couple of types of lenses available. Those for long-sightedness and those for short-sightedness. Of course, contact lenses didn't make an appearance until the not too distant past. Nowadays, there are more types of lenses and glasses than you can shake a stick at, and how happy we are that we have these choices available to us.

This article is going to run through the different types of glasses and lenses that are available to us now. Maybe they will be an eye-opener for you.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. There are lenses for astigmatism, to change to colour of the eyes, and to help with long and short-sightedness. Lenses can be made out of glass or silicone and can be bought as daily wear, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly. In fact, there are now lens implants that are inserted into the eye via surgery to offer permanent correction of visual problems.


Glasses also come in all shapes and styles, with the most commonly used type being for reading and driving. Glasses can be used to correct short and farsightedness, eyes of different strengths, and those with failing sight. There are Bi-focals, Varifocals, tinted, coloured, framed and frameless, glass and plastic and cosmetic lenses.

The majority of glasses purchased come from opticians across the country, however, recent trends have seen the rise of online glasses providers. These have helped people save time and money by allowing them to shop online and at their own leisure.

Which Reigns Supreme?

The choice to wear glasses or contact lenses is a personal one and each has their own pros and cons. Glasses can become uncomfortable across the bridge of the nose and over the ears, they can become dirty easily and become nuisances to keep clean, and can change your appearance when being worn. They are however easy to put on and take off and do not dry out the eyes.

Contact lenses can become itchy and dry, cause infection, and can only be used for shorter periods of time. But in return, they offer 360-degree visual improvement, no dirty fingerprints or scratches, and can even allow you to change the colour of your eyes temporarily.

Regardless of the type you choose, glasses and contact lenses have improved the quality of life for millions upon millions of people around the world and aren't going anywhere anytime soon.


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