|Object date||13th century, with new relevance in the 21st century|
|Place of Origin||Paris, France|
|Designer||Salvino D’Armate, inventor|
|Manufacturer||Ray-Ban, Persol, Oakley and thousands of other companies|
|Materials||Metal, glass, plastic, wood and many more combinations|
by student Rohan Sachdeva
The eyewear industry is under strain from users complaining about their eyeglasses fogging up when they wear a mask. The combination of eyeglasses and masks is not new, and people have been wearing this combination prior to the pandemic in many countries in Asia. But, as the pandemic has spread across the globe, so has the pandemic of foggy glasses. This has created a global flow of unpleasant and non-functional foggy glasses, which initially affected only a small population but is now dominant in all parts of the world. It raises some major questions about the culture and future of corrective wearables. Will this act as a turning point for the future of eyeglass designs and materials or will it act as a catalyst for the contact lens companies to finally gain dominance over the eyeglass market? There has been news about a surge in corrective eye surgery since the pandemic has started and expensive mask designs that prevent eyeglasses from fogging are now available. Only time will tell who will unfog this future.
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Picture taken by the student.