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Sunglasses, do you need them?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM

I hope this is not too trivial a question.

I've never really liked them, and don't wear them. Except while driving the car in bad light conditions (driving into the sun, low sun in winter and rainy road reflecting), and while skiing.

Do we need them?

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on August 06, 2010
at 11:00 PM

I actually figured out something similar on my own. I used to work in an office all day with two monitors in my face and then surf the web at home. Id always wear sun glasses when outside (I live in SoCal). Over the course of a few years my vision (especially night vision) started to go bad. I dropped the sun glasses and allowed my eyes to get used to day light. While I didnt regain all of my sight back Id say Id recovered 90% + of what I lost.

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08ce57b1bbb3bda8e384234389c36d94

on May 16, 2010
at 01:16 AM

I only wear my sunglasses at night.

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on May 16, 2010
at 04:05 PM

The Inuit made snow goggles; masks of birchbark with thin slits for eyeholes. Snowblindness (where your eyes actually get internal sunburn from the glare off snow) can ruin your entire week. I would not be surprised if they were a Paleolithic invention. They'd be really handy for bopping around stalking mammoths in winter.

So there's certainly a decent case for using sunglasses on sunny winter days being Paleo to some extent.

Sunglasses are also useful for shooting, and polarizing sunglasses, which cut out the glare and reflections on the water surface, are a boon to anglers.

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on May 15, 2010
at 09:29 PM

I think sun glasses are only appropriate for protecting against glare while operating moving machines (cars, boats, bikes, etc) or when shooting firearms.

When Im outside playing with the dogs, exercising outside, doing yard-work, I do not wear them.

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1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

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on August 06, 2010
at 09:01 PM

I have done natural vision healing and one of the things they tell you is to never wear sunglasses. If it's too bright out wear a hat to block the sun. Of course there are extreme cases where I don't think it would be too bad to wear them like the instances you mentioned.

Natural vision posits that one of the reasons so many people have poor eyesight today is because we spend a lot of time in artificial light and low light (ie indoors all day with poor lighting) which is not natural. You actually do 'sunning' exercises which are supposed to accommodate your eyes to brighter lights. Is this true? I don't know, but it helped me, and people have gone without sunglasses since the dawn of time, so I would say it's pretty paleo.

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on August 06, 2010
at 11:00 PM

I actually figured out something similar on my own. I used to work in an office all day with two monitors in my face and then surf the web at home. Id always wear sun glasses when outside (I live in SoCal). Over the course of a few years my vision (especially night vision) started to go bad. I dropped the sun glasses and allowed my eyes to get used to day light. While I didnt regain all of my sight back Id say Id recovered 90% + of what I lost.

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1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

(180)

on August 06, 2010
at 09:06 PM

I have done natural vision healing and one of the things they tell you is to never wear sunglasses. If it's too bright out wear a hat to block the sun. Of course there are extreme cases where I don't think it would be too bad to wear them like the instances you mentioned.

Natural vision posits that one of the reasons so many people have poor eyesight today is because we spend a lot of time in artificial light and low light (ie indoors all day with poor lighting) which is not natural. You actually do 'sunning' exercises which are supposed to accommodate your eyes to brighter lights. Is this true? I don't know, but it helped me, and people have gone without sunglasses since the dawn of time, so I would say it's pretty paleo.

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on May 16, 2010
at 04:07 PM

Personally, I can survive for a short time without them.

When the sun is direct and bright, though, I get migraines. I wear glasses as it is, so I suspect it's a combination of my squinting and trying to focus with the glare affecting me.

If they're not essential, I try not to wear them or become dependent.

I'm sure they're beneficial in general to all users (reduction of eye strain, perhaps?) but I'm no eye doctor. :)

I do think that the cheapo pairs of sunglasses are an absolute waste, and given the materials used for "lenses," you're probably doing more harm than good wearing those and squinting through whatever it is those are supposed to be.

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on May 16, 2010
at 03:21 AM

They're pretty much essential for me. I get serious eye pain in glare conditions without them.

That said, if I was much younger and had to do without them, maybe I wouldn't need them now. Mine are prescription and were very expensive.

So your question should have been "... do I need them?" No, you don't, unless sun and glare are bothersome. I wouldn't worry about it.

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on May 16, 2010
at 01:31 AM

I can't even function on a bright day without my shades. Maybe it's my cloudy Northern European ancestry, but I really do need them. I sometimes need them even when there's a thin overcast. So, yeah, put me down for a yes.

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