Did you know? Fun facts about sunglasses
- It is no surprise that the Chinese were the pioneers of the first sunglasses with the first sunglasses being invented sometime in 12th century China as a crude slab of smoked quartz held against the face to block sunlight. These darkened lenses, made only for the very rich, were not vision-corrected, nor did they protect against harmful UV rays. They were also worn by judges in Chinese courts to conceal their facial expressions while questioning witnesses.
- Sunglasses Day is Monday, June 27th, 2016 – You want to be ready for this auspicious day! Browse through our large selection of sunnies and pick out a few for the celebration!
- The most expensive pair of sunglasses on eBay was Elvis Presley’s famous Madison Square Garden’s. They sold for $250,000. We’ll take two of those thank you very much.
- Every 14 minutes an American loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses.
- Three popular sunglasses songs: "Cheap Sunglasses"; "Sunglasses At Night"; "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
- With over 1,000 pairs, Elton John is rumoured to have the largest personal collection of sunshades.
- In the old cowboy movies, the good guys wore the white hats and the bad guys wore black hats? Well, in the movie The Matrix, sunglasses were used in a similar way.
- The Roman Emperor Nero is reported to have watched Gladiator fights in the Coliseum through polished emeralds.
- The debate on whether eyebrows should show when wearing sunglass is unresolved. Many think it is a matter of face shape; others view the presence of eyebrows above the glass rim as a heinous crime. There appears to be no right answer.
- Cheap round sunglasses can be just as good at blocking harmful sun rays as expensive sunglasses, but more expensive sunglasses tend to combine all of the protective technologies required for complete eye protections, including eliminating specific frequencies of the light for use in specific conditions.
While some of the above might be amusing, protecting your eyes is no joke. Pop in to a Vision Works near you and let us help you find the perfect pair of shades.