Sunglasses are visual aid with colored or darkened lenses that protects the eyes from excessive exposure to the sun which can lead to cataract. Though apart from its main use its also used as a fashionable and trendy accessories. They are very common among celebrities who has a desire to mask their identity while in Public. Sunglasses or something similar is documented to have been in use since the 12th century to mask facial impression of Chinese judges interrogating witnesses. There are no exact record of who the inventor of modern sunglass is but it is said that James Ayscough started experimenting with tinted glasses in the 18th century and Sunglasses first became polarized in 1936, when Edwin H. Land began experimenting with making lenses with his patented Polaroid filter.

In 2004, Oakley developed the THUMP, sunglasses with built-in digital audio player. This design has been copied by a number of smaller companies.

Sunglasses are also known as

  • Glares is a term popular in India if the glass is dark. If it is light then Coolers
  • Sun spectacles is a term used by some opticians.
  • Spekkies is a term used predominantly in southern Australia.
  • Sun specs (also sunspecs) is the shortened form of the above term.
  • Sunglasses is a term in common usage in Britain and North America, and it is also used when preceded by "pair of".
  • Sun-shades can also refer to the sun-shading eyepiece-type, although the term is not exclusive to these. Also in use is the derivative abbreviation, shades.
  • Dark glasses (also preceded by pair of) - generic term in common usage.
  • Sunnies is Australian and New Zealand Slang
  • Specs is a common name for sunglasses in North America.
  • Smoked spectacles usually refers to the darkened eyepieces wornby blind people.
  • Solar Shields Usually refers to the models of sunglasses with large lenses.
  • Stunna shades Used as a slang term in the hippi movement, usually referring to sunglasses with oversized lenses.
  • Shades
  • Hater blockers
  • Locs (also maddoggers) is a term for very dark lensed sunglasses.
  • Cheaters

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