Ray-Ban was founded in 1937 by Baush&Lomb for the US Army after Lieutenant John MacCready returned from a balloon flying adventure and complained that the sun had permanently damaged his eyes. He asked Baush&Lomb, a well-established optical company, to create a sunglass that would provide protection and also look elegant. In 1937, Baush&Lomb took out a patent on the prototype. Pilots in the United States Army immediately adopted the sunglasses. The Ray-Ban Aviator became world famous when General Douglas MacArthur was pictured wearing them in footage of WWII. In recent years the Ray-Ban wayfarer has become the sunglass of choice for celeb starlets and fashion bloggers worldwide.
The frames are light, strong, flexible and extremely comfortable. They are produced with a monoblock hinge, which does not include welding in the front of the frames, making them less likely to break due to opening and closing. G15 lenses transmit the colour equally by retaining their true values, resulting in greater clarity and visual comfort for the wearer. The B15 lenses provide clarity and comfort by blocking out a significant percentage of blue light.