10 Fun Facts about Sunglasses You Don't Know

10 Fun Facts about Sunglasses You Don’t Know

1.Sunglasses were “invented” 2,000 years ago. The Inuit (eskimos) created snow goggles from animal bone, leather and wood. There were small slits that allowed only the tiniest of light through. This effectively shielded the eyes from the blinding glare of sunlight reflected off the snow. Talk about innovation!

2.Italian eyeglass conglomerate Luxottica owns nearly every popular brand of sunglasses sold worldwide as well as Sunglass Hut. Luxottica’s brands include icons like Ray-Ban and Persol in addition to a large portion of fashion brands that have licensing deals with the company like Tiffany & Co, Prada, Chanel, D&G and many more.

3.Hot sunglass trends change year-to-year, but mostly always come back in style. We’ve gone from aviators, to cat-eye, to round, to oversized, and now tiny sunglasses are all the rage. Celebrities and fashion magazines always have the say on what’s hot and what’s not. It’s important to note that not all styles fit your face. It’s always best to go in to a retail store and try on new styles before buying.

4.National Sunglasses Day is Thursday, June 27, 2019. This day is all about celebrating the importance of wearing shades to protect the eyes from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays. Save the date!

5.Polaroid sunglasses offering protection from UV rays were invented in 1936. Before then, tinted sunglasses only reduced the glare of sunlight exposed to the eye.

6.One of the most popular models in eyewear history, the green-tinted Ray Ban Aviator was originally invented in the early 1930s to protect pilots from the hazards of high-altitude glare. Ray-Ban aviators are amongst the best selling sunglasses of all time.

7.In the United States someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses every 14 minutes. Always keep your sunglasses protected with a case. On top of your head doesn’t count!

8.Two famous songs about sunglasses that we continue to get stuck in our heads are ZZ Top’s ‘Cheap Sunglasses’ and Corey Hart’s ‘Sunglasses At Night’. You’re humming one of the two now, aren’t ya?

9.If you’re spending time outdoors, you’ll really benefit from wearing sunglasses. Seeing the world through polarized lens makes your visuals sharper, with less glare and improved colors and contrast. You’re also protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.

10.Sunglasses are the ultimate fashion accessory. They can complete your outfit, make a bold statement, change your appearance and let’s be honest, don’t you just feel more confident with them on? If you have the means, don’t limit yourself to one perfect pair, try about new styles and shapes you didn’t think you could pull off.

Finally, eye health is nothing to joke about. Protecting your eyes from the sun is an essential part of maintaining healthy vision. Always look for sunglasses with 100% UV protection, like the latest Maui Jim’s.

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