National Sunglasses Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & National Sunglasses Day Celebration

National Sunglasses Day 2020 -  On 27 June 2020, National Sunglasses Day is observed to enjoy the different shades of glasses in the summertime and to encourage people to take care of the eyes on this day. Read more information about the history of National Sunglasses Day, facts and quotes   & how to celebrate the National Sunglasses Day 2020 from this article.

Keerthana | Updated Jun 26, 2020 11:59 AM

National Sunglasses Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & National Sunglasses Day Celebration

National Sunglasses Day 2020

National Sunglasses Day is celebrated on June 27 of every year. On National Sunglasses Day 2020 pick up the favorite shade and spread the awareness about eye protection to all. National Sunglasses Day is enjoyed by all the age groups of people for its various uses.

Sunglasses

In the last centuries, sunglasses have been connected not only for protection but also for glamour, mystery, and star power. With time and fashion, sunglasses keep on changing. Sunglasses are often used to shield the eyes from harmful UV rays, eye irritation, and other damage to the eye. Sunglasses made from plastic made them weightless, cheaper, and more protected. Celebrities and movie stars are playing a key role in trendsetting for shades. 

What is the history of National Sunglasses Day?

The history of National Sunglasses Day is unknown. Inuit people wore flattened ivory glasses to block harmful sun rays in prehistoric times and the earliest historical reference to sunglasses is from ancient China and Rome. Sunglasses were used in China in the 12th century. Those sunglasses were made from lenses that were smoky quartz flat panes. They provided no corrective powers, nor protected against harmful UV rays but protected the eyes against the glare. Ancient documents describe how judges in ancient Chinese courts used such crystal sunglasses to hide their facial expressions when they interrogated witnesses.

James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles in the 18th century, but not to protect against the rays of the sun but to improve vision for those with poor eyesight. He believed he could correct particular vision impairments by changing the color of the lenses to a blue/green tint.

Sam Foster, the founder of Atlantic City's Foster Grant, had brought sunglasses into mass production in America in 1929 and was doing a roaring business through his company. In 1929 he sold the first pair of Foster Grant sunglasses on the Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk.

Polarized sunglasses first became popular in 1936, when Edwin H. Land began producing sunglasses using his patented Polaroid filter. Sunglasses also played a major role during World War II, when Ray-Ban used polarization to produce anti-glare aviator type sunglasses. Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses were popular with celebrities and to the public in 1937.

Today, UV-protected sunglasses have almost become an industry standard,  and the types of sunglasses vary every year.

How to observe National Sunglasses Day?

Celebrate this National Sunglasses Day by trying different shades of glasses. Some of the ideas to enjoy this day are as follows

  • Go to the nearby sunglasses shop and by cool shades to this summer

  • Learn more bout the UV rays and sunglasses benefits

  • Wear favourite sunglasses with matching outfits

  • Enjoy the day with friends and spread awareness about this day

  • Use #NationalSunglassesDay on social media and share the celebration 

Interesting facts about Sunglasses

  • It is claimed that the Roman Emperor Nero witnessed Gladiator battles through polished emeralds in the Coliseum

  • British singer, Elton John's love for wacky sunglasses is well known. So much so that he influenced the 'Elton John's Glasses' play of 1998. It's no wonder that he is believed to own about 20,000 pairs of the world's largest personal set of sunglasses

  • Just one Luxury Goods Company manufactures 70% of the sunglasses designs. Labels like Burberry, Chanel, and Ralph Lauren are all designed and manufactured by the Italian company Luxottica, and they also own the brands Ray-ban and Oakley.

  • Swiss luxury brand Chopard, priced at $400,000, is the proud maker of the world's most expensive sunglasses pair. The shades are made of 60 grams of 24 K gold and are adorned with 51 diamonds

  • The popular and fashionable Ray-ban a la Top Gun Aviators are a product of science and not fashion. Originally developed by Bausch & Lomb for the U.S. Air Service pilots, they were intended to minimize sickness and headaches caused by glare from the extreme sky shades at high altitude

National Sunglasses Day - Quotes

  • “Sunglasses are like eye shadow: They make everything look younger and pretty” - Karl Lagerfeld

  • “Don't be afraid to show your light.. If it ends up being too much for people.. tell them to wear sunglasses!” - Gabrielle Roth

  • “I think sometimes when you want attention you can wear sunglasses and people are like "Who is that?" “- Katerina Graham

  • “Putting on a new pair of glasses or sunglasses is a simple way to completely transform your look - just like a new hairstyle.” - Brad Goreski

  • “Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses because we were born this way.” - Lady Gaga
     

Disclaimer: The above information is for general informational purposes only. All information on the Site is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information on the Site.

National Sunglasses Day - FAQ

1. Where did sunglasses originate?

Sunglasses were used in China in the 12th century. Those sunglasses were made from lenses that were smoky quartz flat panes. They provided no corrective powers, nor protected against harmful UV rays but protected the eyes against glare. Ancient documents describe how judges in ancient Chinese courts used such crystal sunglasses to hide their facial expressions when they interrogated witnesses.
 

2. Who made the first sunglasses?  

In 1929, Sam Foster first produced inexpensive, mass-produced sunglasses made from celluloid. Foster found a ready market on the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey where he began selling sunglasses from Woolworth on the Boardwalk under the name Foster Grant.
 

3. What are the different types of sunglasses available?  

Sunglasses come in various shapes, including cat eyes, large butterflies, classic D-frames, aviator, slim ovals, round, square, walkers, and much more.
 

4. Why should one wear sunglasses?  

Sunglasses aid in avoiding some sun-related eye diseases. Long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium. Wearing UV protected sunglasses can help to protect the eyes against these conditions and keep the eyes healthier.