Dark, sleek, and mysterious, aviator sunglasses have been a prominent figure in fashion since their invention in the 1930s. Because of celebrities like Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, and Megan Fox, aviators represent a cool and elusive style that only this model of sunglasses can deliver.
The first aviator sunglasses were made by Ray-Ban for World War II pilots. They needed glasses similar to fighter pilot goggles that would eliminate sunlight and glare, so Ray-Ban designed the iconic tear-drop frames. General Douglas MacArthur put aviators on the map in 1944 when made his triumphant return to the Philippines wearing a pair of the tear-drop shades on the beach.
Today, Ray-Ban Aviators come in several sizes. The standard size is the RB 3025 Large Metal Aviator , with an eye size measurement of 58. The RB 3026 Large Metal Aviator II is the largest frame that Ray-Ban offers, with an eye size measurement of 62. The smallest Ray-Ban Aviator frame is the RB 3044 , with an eye size measurement of 52.
Ray-Ban also offers other aviator styles including the Outdoorsman , which features a brow bar and cable temples, and the Shooter, which features a brow bar with a metal circle beneath it. The Outdoorsman comes in the same sizes as the regular aviator, and the Ray-Ban Shooter comes in standard and large sizes.
These classic and eternally cool sunglasses are available in different frame materials, including titanium and carbon fibre. The lenses come in various tints with optional gradients and polarization. FramesDirect.com is one of the only companies to offer Ray-Ban Aviators with prescription lenses.
Though the aviator sunglass design was invented by Ray-Ban, many other high-end sunglass companies have produced their own versions of aviator sunglasses, including Tom Ford, Serengeti and Prada Sport. Name brand companies utilize the most highly advanced lens technology to ensure that the lenses provide the clearest vision and are free from lens distortion. Prescription aviator eyeglasses frames are also available as well.
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