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VIDEO that’s become extremely popular on Facebook shows the incredible handiwork that went into making eyeglasses in decades gone by.

The clip takes viewers from the optician’s office through the entire production process at a London factory. Workers can be seen carefully performing each step in making the lenses and frames, with much of the labor performed by hand.

The narrator notes: “What is staggering is the amount of individual skill there is that goes into the production of such conveyor-belt commodities.”

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British Pathe posted the video, which is dated 1965, to its YouTube account in 2014. But it’s attracted a much larger audience since it was posted late last year to the Facebook page Vintage et Industrial. In three months, it’s been shared well over 89,000 times.

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Video Shows Just How Fabulous Eyeglasses Were in the ’50s — Take a Look

If you like vintage looks, you’ll find it fascinating.

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The coolest stuff comes to light on the popular Opticians on Facebook group.

The other day, someone shared a video clip about eyeglass fashions of the 1950s — and if you like vintage looks, you’ll find it fascinating.

The short video shows an optician matching frames to women based on their face shapes, coloring and accessories.

“Apart from protecting and assisting eyesight, opticians are not content to make frames that blend,” the narrator explains in the 1955 video from British Pathé. “Their aim is to beautify some of the 11 million women who wear glasses.”

Sound familiar? It seems that the optician of decades ago were pretty similar to the professionals of today.

It sure would be fun to work with some of the frames they had back then, though.

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He Recorded a Song with His Optometry Equipment — and Absolutely Killed It

You need to see this video.

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YOU PROBABLY never knew you wanted to hear an “optometry parody” of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”

But as it turns out, you really do need to hear this.

Jonathan Dinh is part of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry’s class of 2017, and he had always wanted to try a song arrangement using the tools of his chosen trade. Dinh, accompanied by singers Mariko Hirano and Lindsay Gallowitz, used their considerable musical talent to create a parody song with an untold number of optometry references — you won’t be able to stop laughing.

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Special Olympics Chief Tells Inspiring Story of a Vision-Impaired Speed Skater with a Unique Competition Goal

He couldn’t see where to go unless there was another racer in front of him.

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Safilo and Special Olympics International have been working together to support athletes with intellectual disabilities since 2003. They recently announced they will continue for at least another three years.

In the video below, David Evangelista – Special Olympics International’s president and managing director, Europe, Eurasia – tells a story illustrating how the Opening Eyes Program makes a difference for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

He explains the intriguing reason that a particular athlete always went for the silver medal, not the gold one, in speed skating events.


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