I had always wondered why Bono wore sunglasses everywhere he went. Inside, outside, rain or sun. The U2 front-man always seemed to have sunglasses on.
This nagging question was answered last week when I read an article that addressed this very puzzling fashion statement made by a very famous singer. It turned out that Bono has very sensitive eyes and even camera flashes cause him discomfort.
“My right eye swells up. I’ve a blockage there, so that my eyes go red a lot. A magazine across the pond was referring to me as ‘old red eyes,” said Bono.
Apparently wine and other allergens also irritate his eyes and leaves them red. I guess I do have a bit of sympathy for him since my eyes only go red when I stay up to late.
With that great mystery solved and since the whole world now knows why Bono wears tinted protective lenses, the question that needs to be answered is this. “Why does everyone else wear sunglasses?” Our list today is all about reasons you can use to wear sunglasses. Enjoy.
7 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses
1. UV Protection
Ultra-Violet protection will always be on any list when it comes to reasons to wear sunglasses. Those harmful UV rays have been associated with the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Then, if not enough damage has been done, UV rays will attack that delicate skin around your eyes causing wrinkles and premature aging. Quality sunglasses can eliminate 100% of UV penetration. Better put on the sunglasses.
2. Fashion Statement
Let’s be honest here. Wearing sunglasses is a fashion statement. Those who wear them think it makes them look better. Funny, I wear sunglasses and I feel as nerdy as ever.
3. Hide Something
Out too late? Have blood shot eyes? Got a pimple on the side of your nose? Eyes puffy from crying? Sunglasses are one good way of hiding one’s facial abnormalities.
4. Part of a disguise
If you are ever in the place where you do not want to be recognized then first order of business would be to put on a pair of sunglasses. Since starting THE TOP 7 last year we have found that we cannot go anywhere without being recognized by the paparazzi and that sunglasses are in order. Oh wait, that was a dream I had last night.
5. Reduce Glare
All surfaces reflect light. Surfaces like water, snow, and automobile windshields can cause extremely bright reflections that are distracting and can interfere with vision. Sunglasses can reduce or even eliminate glare making activites such as driving, riding a motorcycle, boating and skiing safer.
6. Dark Adaptation
Spending just two or three hours in bright sunlight can hamper the eyes’ ability to adapt quickly to nighttime or indoor light levels. This can make driving at night after spending a day in the sun more hazardous. Sunglasses once again save the day and make your life that much safer.
7. You become a better Poker Player
I have noticed a trend among the top Poker players in the world. They all seem to be wearing Sunglasses when they play.
The concept is simple. When you cover your eyes you cover the ”windows to your soul.” Our eyes can tell those around us a story… and the eyes rarely lie. When poker players wear sunglasses they are simply covering the part of them that gives away their biggest secrets.
Your turn: Why do you wear sunglasses?
*Under no circumstances are we to be considered experts in the area of vision or eye care. If you have questions about sunglasses visit your Optometrist.