First records of sunglass creation are depicted from The Inuits and ancient Chinese. In prehistoric times, Inuit peoples wore flattened walrus ivory “glasses”, composed of narrow slits to peer through and block harmful reflected rays from the sun. Similarly, a primitive design of sunglasses came about in China in the 12th century, when slabs of smoked quartz were created to protect eyes from the suns’ glare but offered no corrective powers. In the 18th century, James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles in the hope to improve vision with failing eyesight. He believed it was possible to correct impairments by changing the colour of lenses to a blue or green tint.
However, the sunglasses we know and love today can be traced back to the English optician Sam Foster in 1929. Foster developed the first “modern” affordable sunglasses made for mass production, possible only with the introduction of injection moulding technology. He began to sell these on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and his products soon gained widespread popularity in America. Through the mid-to-late 1900s, sunglasses continued to boom in popularity, with politicians, movie stars and musicians all sporting a pair as an everyday accessory. The science of sunglass technology continued to grow from then on, as other features of mass-production began to materialise, fostering the creation of anti-reflective, scratch-resistant, anti-fog, and polarized lenses.
Choosing new sunglasses for everyday wear doesn’t need to be difficult, you just need to consider a couple of things before investing in your next pair. Whether you’re looking for sunglasses for men or women, the first step is to pick out sunglasses that complement your face shape. The goal is to accentuate your best features, and the best way to do that is to choose sunglass frames that contrast your face shape slightly. For example, a round-shaped face would benefit from angled frames, whilst square faces would look best with softer frames.
If you’re not sure what your face shape is, look in a mirror (or take a photo using your phone or computer camera) and try to decide if your face has a prominent shape. There are 4 main shapes: square, round, oval, or heart-shaped. Once you’ve decided you can then take our recommendations below for a new pair of designer sunglasses or prescription sunglasses. If you’re still struggling, use our helpful guide here to help identify what sunglasses would work best for your face shape.
If you’ve ever noticed glare reflecting off surfaces on a sunny day, you’re likely to benefit from a pair of polarised sunglasses. Put simply, polarised sunglasses are designed to reduce the glare from light-reflecting surfaces like water, snow, or glass. They look exactly the same as standard sunglasses, but their lenses have an embedded polarising feature film, to change the way the light reaches your eyes by blocking out light reflected from horizontal surfaces. We recommended polarised sunglasses for men or women to improve visual comfort whilst driving, enhance sports performance and they’re great for kids too! You can add these lenses to most of our designer sunglasses and prescription sunglasses, just choose the pair you like the most! For more information on polarised sunglasses, chat with our online optician, who is on hand to answer queries on eyewear health. Shop with total peace of mind knowing that we provide a 2-year warranty on every pair of sunglasses, which covers both the frames and lenses. And, if you change your mind about your new purchase, you can easily get your money back with the 100-day returns policy.