• Maryam Isa-Haslett


Sunglasses have a long and rich history but most of us see them as a modern invention designed to protect our eyes from the sun. Here are ten interesting facts that you probably didn’t know that will completely change your view on the world of sunglasses.

1. The debate on whether eyebrows should show when wearing sunglasses is unresolved. Some think it is a matter of face shape; others view the presence of eyebrows above the glass rim as unwieldy. There appears to be no right answer.

2. The Chinese of 12 Century are credited with inventing the first sunglasses, both to protect their eyes from the glare of the sun and to hide their facial expressions. The idea behind sunglasses is much older, however, with the first examples being Inuit snow goggles. These were designed to reduce the amount of eye exposed to the sun’s rays.