Should You Ever Wear Sunglasses Indoors?

December 27, 2017

Should You Ever Wear Sunglasses Indoors?

There’s something undeniably cool about wearing sunglasses, and sometimes you’ll see very cool people wearing them indoors. For example, Bono, Anna Wintour, and Bob Dylan have made noteworthy appearances in their shades at indoor events.

But you don’t have to be a movie star or a celebrity to wear your sunglasses indoors. In fact, there are several very good reasons to wear sunglasses when you’re inside. Some of these reasons are superficial and silly, some are medically backed, and some are quick fixes that you can keep handy for rough days. Whatever the reason, know that, yes, you can wear your sunglasses indoors, although there are two caveats (we’ll get to them soon).


Medical conditions such as migraine headaches, dry eyes, and brain injuries can cause photophobia, a complaint in which light causes physical discomfort. One of the simplest solutions for photophobia is to wear sunglasses everywhere you go, at least while your eyes are sensitive to the light.

People who have had concussions often complain about problems with glare and bright lights. While this problem usually resolves itself within six months of the concussion, you can relieve the symptoms by wearing sunglasses both indoors and out.

Emotional trauma can also cause photophobia in some cases. An interesting study from 2008 found that a high percentage of patients who voluntarily wore their sunglasses indoors suffered from non-organic visual loss.

The Silly and Superficial Reasons

You don’t need a medical reason to wear your sunglasses indoors. The following reasons may not have a lot of substance behind them, but we’ve all had days when these reasons look very attractive.

To Hide Your Eyes

They say that eyes are the windows to the soul, but there are some days when you’d rather keep your eyes hidden. Maybe you have a black eye or dark circles from not enough sleep. Maybe you have a stye, or your eyes are red from allergies or crying. Whatever the reason, you can hide them away behind a stylish pair of shades.

To Be Mysterious

Continue that stylish and mysterious feeling you have behind your sunglasses even when you’re inside. There may be times and places when you’d like to seem extra cool; grab your sunglasses to accomplish that feat.

To Go Incognito

Have you ever wanted to go somewhere and not be recognized or noticed? Maybe you’re feeling a bit antisocial and don’t want to have to talk? Or maybe you’d like to scope a place out without having to commit to anything? The bigger the sunglasses, the less likely you are to be recognized.

The Caveats

We’ve covered the reasons you might want to wear your sunglasses indoors, but we also mentioned that there are a couple of caveats.

The first is that wearing sunglasses indoors might be considered rude, depending on the company you’re with and the type of event you’re attending. Unless you’re Bob Dylan, it’s probably not wise to show up at the White House wearing your sunglasses. On the other hand, dress codes are becoming more and more relaxed, so use your best judgment.

The second caveat is that you can actually increase your sensitivity to light and pain when your eyes are not exposed to normal daylight. If you don’t actually suffer from photophobia, it’s a good idea to allow your eyes to function the way they’re designed to by removing your sunglasses while you’re indoors--at least some of the time.

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