Ray-Bans were created in 1937. Some years earlier, Lieutenant John MacCready returned from a balloon
flying adventure and complained that the sun had permanently damaged his eyes. He contacted Bausch & Lomb asking them to
create sunglasses that would provide protection and also look elegant. On May 7, 1937, Bausch & Lomb took out the patent.
The prototype, known as Anti-Glare, had an extremely light frame weighing 150 grams. They were made of gold-plated metal
with green lenses made of mineral glass to filter out infrared and ultraviolet rays. Pilots in the United States Army Air
Corps immediately adopted the sunglasses. The Ray-Ban Aviator became a well-known style of sunglasses when General Douglas
MacArthur landed on the beach in the Philippines in World War II, and photographers snapped several pictures of him wearing them.