Do you find yourself needing eyeglasses to see? Does wearing eyeglasses make you curious about them? Here are some interesting facts and history of eyeglasses: Reading stones: The first reading aids were closer in form to the modern magnifying glass than to eyeglasses. Glassblowers would make spherical or semi-spherical glass globes. Called reading stones, these pieces of glass would sometimes be mounted in a metal or other type of frame to make it easier for them to be held.