Smith Optics was founded by Dr. Bob Smith, a skiing enthusiast who was frustrated when his goggles would fog up on the slopes. He invented a double lens with a breathable vent foam sealed glasses that allowed for better viewing and less fogging up.
Today, Smith Optics offers not only skiing eyewear, but sunglasses for men and women, prescription sunglasses, motorcycle eyewear, performance and style eyewear, ballistic military eyewear, ophthalmic eyewear, and snow helmets. Products are sold online and through stores and ski shops. Bob Smith passed away in 2012.
As of 1996, Smith Optics is a subsidiary of Safilo. Company headquarters remain in Ketchum, Idaho.