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Before the invention of the automobile. Before the radio. Before typewriters, elevators and telephones. Before electricity, in 1833, American Optical was already helping people see the world around them in comfort and style.
AO Eyewear, the oldest and greatest optical company in American History, has spearheaded optical and eyewear innovation for centuries. AO's Founders believed everyone is deserving of access to eyewear, not just the elites. This simple yet profound stance changed history by bringing spectacle manufacturing to the US. Since American Optical has crafted sunglasses worn by pilots, NASA space crews, and even presidents.