The Evolution of Eye Glasses by Charles Cheow A few hundred years later, production methods for glass made it possible to eliminate bubbles and other imperfections lending glass as a viable option for lenses. Although Benjamin Franklin obviously didn't invent eyeglasses, in the mid 1870's he invented the first bi-focal, which corrected both vision problems he suffered from with one lens. Quality of life has certainly been changed in dramatic ways by the invention of eye glasses and even further by contact lenses and corrective surgeries. Contacts are more efficient in correcting vision defects and laser surgery can correct defective vision completely and permanently. When contact lenses were invented, glasses lost some of their popularity. Some think wearing glasses makes them automatically look smarter. Considered an even bigger fashion statement in eyewear are sunglasses. In 1752 James Ayscough developed glasses with green lenses and strongly believed they relived eye fatigue. In 1929, Sam Grant marketed his version of sunglasses called Foster Grants. The success of sunglasses was further guaranteed when Edwin H. Land developed polarized sheeting material that could be used in sunglasses. Eye Glasses over Lenses: The new trend by Igor Slony Eye glasses today are seen as a fashion accessory and people are increasingly choosing to express themselves through their eye glass frames. Eye Glass frames trend through the 1950's Expression of one's personality through eye glass frames is not something that is completely new. Comedian Drew Carey also continued to wear his metal eye glasses for the same reason after getting corrective laser eye surgery. Famous Celebrities sporting eye glasses in recent times In recent times, celebrities like Johnny Depp, Britney Spears and Bryan Fuller have been seen sporting Horn rimmed eyeglass frames. Other celebrities sporting eyeglass frames include members of the rock band Weezer who wear eccentric designs and patterns of sporty eyeglass frames, singer Anastacia with her odd coloures frames and Actor Kate Winslet with her retro metal eyeglass frames.