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Why do blind people wear sunglasses ?


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I've actually always woundered this myself 

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Even though some people are blind they can sometimes still see a bit of light. For example when you close your eyes you can somewhat still see a bit of light. I think that is why some wear them. Also I have known blind people who's blindness resulted in white cataracts around the eyes, so some wear them to hide it. 

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Many of them have eyes that look different than people who can see.  Maybe glossed over, maybe like a lazy eye.   They wear shades to avoid that attention.

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How else are they gonna ride their motorcycles?

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Back in the day I was told that the focusing, defocusing, and drifting that blind eyes undergo was disturbing to people who weren't used to it, so blind people wore dark glasses for cosmetic reasons.  We read a lot by the play of other people's eyes as part of their body language. And, as openozy correctly points out, they look cool.  Ask Corey Hart:

 

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59 minutes ago, jethrofloyd said:

Why do bigfoot wear sunglasses?

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To look like Clay from Sons of Anarchy ?

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1 hour ago, Alchopwn said:

Back in the day I was told that the focusing, defocusing, and drifting that blind eyes undergo was disturbing to people who weren't used to it, so blind people wore dark glasses for cosmetic reasons.  We read a lot by the play of other people's eyes as part of their body language. And, as openozy correctly points out, they look cool.  Ask Corey Hart:

 

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On 3/14/2022 at 8:49 AM, Myles said:

Many of them have eyes that look different than people who can see.  Maybe glossed over, maybe like a lazy eye.   They wear shades to avoid that attention.

If they are blind, how do they know that their eyes look weird?

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I have to admit after watching the video that the idea of their eyes getting sunburned because they didn't know they were facing a bright light for an extended period of time or the idea that they could just get poked in the eye with a sharp stick from a tree they couldn't see didn't occur to me.

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15 hours ago, Gromdor said:

If they are blind, how do they know that their eyes look weird?

Blind people have families, friends and doctors

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1 hour ago, Myles said:

Blind people have families, friends and doctors

It was a poor attempt at a joke.

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1 hour ago, Gromdor said:

It was a poor attempt at a joke.

Ha ha, went right over my head.   It's all good.

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On 2/12/2020 at 1:40 PM, Scholar4Truth said:

Also I have known blind people who's blindness resulted in white cataracts around the eyes, so some wear them to hide it. 

Hi Scholar

I have cataracts and was told to wear sunglasses to slow the progress until they get bad enough to operate on so I wear light sensitive lenses that auto darken rather than carry and extra pair of sunglasses as many times during work I am in and out many times during the day and it is too much bother to keep swapping them.

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On 3/27/2022 at 6:09 PM, Myles said:

Blind people have families, friends and doctors

What if certain family members, friends of theirs or their doctors are themselves weird? Wouldn't it make sense, at that point, to remove their glasses? If not only for to make those weird persons feel more comfortable? Thus, doing them the courtesy? Weird persons, of whom enjoy normal vision, are known for blinking and/or rolling their eyes around, without any logical inducement for doing so

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Why does a media moderator establish eye contact with a blind person, depite the fact that eye contact can't reciprocate?: :angry:

[center]"Eyes are evil too": :ph34r: [/center]

 

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Because it is disrepectful to ogle other body parts even though you know they can't see you?

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They wear sunglasses in order not to see the dog poop they are about to step onto.

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I'm disabled and I have had a lot of blind friends. Outdoors blind people wear them to protect their eyes from sun and also injury, if you can't see things coming at you, things like insects, dust, etc covering your eyes is a good idea. Indoors it's also a comfort thing, as you can close your eyes and still engage with people, as a lot of people with eye issues, their eyes hurt, or dry out more. It's a way to keep engaged when if you're talking to a sighted person and closed your eyes for a long period they'd think you were ignoring them or asleep. Also on threads like this, it's great to be curious, it's not great to say abelist or insulting things about the disability you're curious about, blind people have adaptive equipment and can read online message boards just like you can. 

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My youngest might be blind by 40 due to an inherited eye disease (from my wifes side). From what I've come to learn the sunglasses are worn for eye protecting (as darkmoonlady mentioned) and the prevent further eye damage. 

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