Who were the first to invent 'sunglasses' as we now know them? Was it Ray-Ban? Christian Dior? Think further back. About 4000 years! The first official 'sunglasses' in the world were created by Inuits to protect themselves from snow blindness (or photokeratitisis to use its official name). There is no glass of course, however the primitive items still protected the eyes from UV light. They carved bone, with two slim slits for vision.