The history of sunglasses Ray-Ban started in 1936 , where the company Bausch & Lomb designed and built , the glasses "aviators" to meet the needs of pilots of the U.S. Air Force . The pilots were suffering from headaches and nausea because of the blur and the long distances they had to cross . Trigger the creation of spectacles was the first lieutenant John Macready, where returning from a balloon flight , complained that the sun had caused damage to his eyes. So, he asked from Bausch & Lomb to build for the Air Force glasses that will protect the eyes from glare at high altitudes ( be high absorbency ) , but also to be elegant.
A year after their first appearance for the army , the "aviators" began to circulate in the market and the global recognition came when General Douglas MacArthur was photographed wearing them in World War II .