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.


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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.




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Benjamin Franklin

Timeline of Contact Lens History

  • 1508   Leonardo da Vinci illustrates the concept of contact lenses in his Codex of the eye, Manual D
  • 1823   British astronomer Sir John Herschel conceptualizes practical lens design
  • 1887   First contact lens manufactured from glass, and fitted to cover the entire eye
  • 1939   Contact lenses first made from plastic (PMMA, also known as Plexiglass)
  • 1948   Plastic contact lenses designed to cover only the eye's cornea. Lenses up to this point covered the entire eye.
  • 1971   Introduction of silicone hydrogel lenses in the United States (soft contact lenses).
  • 1978   Introduction of rigid gas permeable contact lenses – also known as “hard contact lenses” in popular parlance.
  • 1981   FDA approval of new soft contact lenses for extended (overnight) wear
  • 1986   Overnight wear of gas permeable contact lenses becomes available
  • 1987   Introduction of disposable soft contact lenses (although it was first proposed in the 1970s).
  • 1987   gas permeable contacts available in next-generation fluorosilicone acrylate materials
  • 1996   Introduction of one-day disposable soft lenses
  • 1998   Introduction of silicone hydrogel lenses allowed overnight and extended wear.
  • 2002   Second generation silicone hydrogel contact lenses first marketed.  (e.g., Acuvue Advance & Oasys)
  • 2006   Third generation silicone hydrogel contact lenses become available (e.g., Biofinity, CooperVision)

Sir John Herschel