Why would the hip and modern fashion lover want to wear sunglasses? This question can be easily answered through stating reasons like expressing one’s style, looking beautifully accessorized, and blending in with the latest trends.
But another purpose this accessory brings is the function of eye protection. This added feature to the common eyewear pieces most people have almost always revolves around fending off harmful UV rays, intense glare, and other destructive elements. Most people would think that this is the only side to the scientific basis of wearing shades, but there is another angle to the story. These everyday accessories that we might deem as mere decorations may be of more value to others, as they are also used in space and in sports.
When it comes to sports, the term “shades” becomes inappropriate due to the specific requirements this item would need based on which sport you are involved in. We know how sports can get us into rough situations, thus a common feature to all sports eyewear includes impact resistance and less vulnerability to shattering. The intense glare from light reflected in pool water can damage your eyes in water sports like surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, water and jet skiing, and body boarding. The lenses in your goggles and glasses have the same technologies with that of shades. Other sports that will require you to wear eye protective gear would include mountain climbing, skiing, and other high altitude or snow sports. The reflection of sunlight in higher places becomes more intense and damaging; therefore you will need the right shades for these types of ventures.
Who says the highest point stops at Mt. Everest in the range of the use of shades? If greater altitude creates greater sunlight-caused damage risks, then outer space ventures would definitely give Houston a problem. Of course, getting closer to the sun would mean extremely higher UV light exposure, especially without the atmosphere’s help in filtering the harmful rays. Astronauts have specific shades to wear in spacecrafts and during space walks, both having dark lenses using color dyes that can also be found in sunscreen lotions. Also, the lightweight frames of their glasses do not contain screws and detachable particles that might float into the astronaut’s respiratory system. Not enough trivia? Well, here’s another: the original Pilot sunglasses by American Optical was the first one used for moon roving.
That just about breaks the stereotype given to the function of sunglasses, right? Knowing this, you can obviously say that fashion can have no boundaries.