David A. Fleishman, M.D., retired
ophthalmologist from Massachusetts, has built Antique Spectacles, an educational
website devoted to one of the most important inventions
of all time: spectacles.
Although it has been
relatively unknown to the general public, the evolution
and development of spectacles over the past seven
centuries qualifies as a long, quite fascinating journey
through history, whose impact deserves to be better
recognized and more widely appreciated.
has been built with the help of over two hundred eighty
experts in the field of vision aids from all over
Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States and is filled
with interesting text along with wonderful and abundant
imagery (over 1,000 images already).
The core of
Antique Spectacles is Eyeglasses through the Ages, a
history paper with over 60 colorful images attached,
which adds "life" to this amazing story. There is a list
of all the World’s Public Collections (included Museo
dell’Occhiale di Pieve di Cadore) where groups of
spectacles can be seen. There is a Timeline of
Development, a Guide to Assist in Identification, a
Glossary, Educational Games, Key Translations, and many
other relevant pages.
The defined goals of the
website are to educate interested visitors to the
website and to increase public awareness and thereby
nurture a deeper appreciation in general. Fleishman
dedicated the website to an Honor Roll of Distinguished
Persons, twenty-two individuals from eleven countries
who were the true pioneers of spectacles research.