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In 1929, US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John MacCready asked Bausch & Lomb, a Rochester, New York-based medical
equipment manufacturer, to create aviation sunglasses that would reduce the distraction for pilots caused by the intense
blue and white hues of the sky. Specifically, MacCready was concerned about how pilots goggles would fog up, causing pilots
to become blind at high altitudes. The prototype, created in 1936 and known as ‘Anti-Glare’, had plastic frames and green
lenses that could cut out the glare without obscuring vision. They also added impact-resistant lenses in 1938. The sunglasses
were remodeled with a metal frame the following year and patented as the ‘Ray-Ban Aviator’. According to the BBC, the glasses
used, “Kalichrome lenses designed to sharpen details and minimise haze by filtering out blue light, making them ideal for misty
conditions.” In 1952, Ray-Ban created the Ray-Ban Wayfarer, using plastic frames. The now-standard G-15 green and gray lenses were
introduced a year after the Wayfarer, in 1953. In 1965, the Olympian I and II were introduced; they became popular when Peter Fonda
wore them in the 1969 film Easy Rider. In 1999, the Global Eyewear Division of Bausch & Lomb, including Ray-Ban, was acquired by
Luxottica Group for $640 million.

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