Roger Bacon was the first reported celebrity to wear glasses, or at least to use a device called "reading lenses." The first real glasses were made by Italian monks around the 1280s. It wasn't until 1880 that an "eye protector" patent was issued to P. Johnson, an African-American inventor. Accurate safety glasses weren't created until 1914 when Garret Morgan patented safety glass as part of his new invention, the gas mask. "It was not until the outbreak of World War I that safety glasses found their first practical, wide-scale application: as the lenses or Safety Spectacles for gas masks."
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