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If you only buy one pair of sunglasses in your lifetime, Ray-Ban sunglasses are a good choice. Ray-Ban is the one brand that even those who aren't interested in designer sunnies have heard of. Classic, sophisticated and sexy, Ray-Ban is one of the leading brands in the world, and with an ever expanding range of styles, it's a brand with something for everyone.

Because of the popularity and relatively high price of genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses, you'll also find a number of fakes on the market. For this reason, it's a good idea to always buy your Ray-Ban sunglasses from an authorised retailer. Matheson Optometrists guarantee that all Ray-Ban products we provide are genuine as we only source our stock from Luxottica, the company who manufacture ray ban having purchased the licence from Bausch & Lomb in 1999.


Ray-Bans were first created in 1936. The idea of Ray Bans began some years earlier when Lieutenant John A. Macready returned from a balloon flying adventure and complained that the sun had permanently damaged his eyes. He contacted Bausch & Lomb asking them to create sunglasses that would provide protection and also look elegant. On May 7, 1937, Bausch & Lomb took out the patent. The prototype, known as Anti-Glare, had an extremely light frame weighing 150 grams. They were made of gold-plated metal with green lenses made of mineral glass to filter out infrared and ultraviolet rays.

Pilots in the United States Army Air Corps immediately adopted the sunglasses. The army had intentions to have sunglasses that would protect the soldiers from the rays of the sun but yet still have an elegant look. The Ray-Ban Aviator became a well-known style of sunglasses when General Douglas MacArthur landed on the beach in the Philippines in World War II. Photographers snapped several pictures of him wearing them.

General Douglas MacArthur

Ray Bans were quickly seen outside of just the army. In 1937, Ray Ban made their first patent on the Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses. Ray Bans quickly gained popularity through other wars and even made a debut in the movies. In 1952, Ray Ban created another style, the Ray Ban Wayfarer. The difference with these sunglasses were the plastic frames. This design of the wafer glasses became very popular with the normal everyday socio-economic crowd. The Wayfarer sunglasses are seen on movie stars, TV stars, and musicians. Ray Ban still remains a top designer in the sunglasses industry with their constant change in colour, frames, and lenses.

Matheson Optometrists sell both Sunglass and Ophthalmic Ray-Ban styles