This site is owned by Opti-Club. If you are looking for quality eyeglasses, contact lenses, or prescription sunglasses then you should check out Opti-Club. We are located in Pensacola, FL and have been in operation since 1994.
We also carry kid's glasses, designer frames, and specialty lenses. Eye exams are also available. Opti-Club is a member of the Northwest Florida Better Business Bureau.
If you have any questions about our eyeglasses, contact lenses, kid's glasses, eye exams, or frames please feel free to give us a call at (850) 484-2807. If you are in the Pensacola area, you can stop by our store Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 8am-4pm.
Below you will find special offers on eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams.
Opti-Club Fun Facts
Early History of Eyeglasses
The first eyeglasses were made in Italy around 1286 by Salvino D'Armate and were originally intended to help the elderly with their reading. They did not have temples and were perched on the nose. Although the Spanish would later sometimes tie them to their ears using ribbons.
The first glasses had convex lenses. These could only correct farsightedness (hyperopia) and presbyopia. Both conditions are symptoms of aging. While later glasses had concave lenses that could correct nearsightedness (myopia), it wasn't 1604 that the optics behind the lenses was explained (by Johannes Kepler, an astronomer trying to improve his telescope).
People that suffered from both myopia and presbyopia did not have a real solution until 1784 when Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal lenses. Another breakthrough came in 1825 when George Airy created the first lenses that could correct astigmatism.
While the original style of eyeglasses with temples over the ears were likely developed in the 18th century, they did not become popular for quite some time. For many years, people simply held the glasses by hand or held by pressure on the nose. Attached handle glasses were widely popular through the early 19th century.
In the early 20th century, Moritz von Rohr at Zeiss developed the spherical point-focus lenses that dominated the eyeglass lens field for many years.
Hugh de Provence
Timeline of Contact Lens History
Sir John Herschel