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What is Eyeglasses in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Evolution

What is Eyeglasses in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Evolution

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A pair of eyeglasses in Tagalog is called “antipara,” but most Filipinos today no longer use this term. Instead, they call eyeglasses “salamin sa mata,” where “salamin” means “glass” and “mata” means “eyes.” And as we all know, this piece of eyewear corrects vision and improves visual health. Eyeglasses can be a fashion accessory, too.  The exact origin of the eyeglasses is unknown, although glass existed 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Yet, it is believed that Salvino D’Armati of Florence, Italy invented eyeglasses in the 13th century. However, there are no historical records to prove it. In fact, some documents claim it was a hoax and that his name did not exist at that time.  Nonetheless, the first eyeglasses were called “rivet spectacles” and were known for being like two len...