I suppose it’s possible that I have eyes with a greater than average resistance to the sun’s glare. Even on the sunniest of mid-summer’s days here in the UK I rarely need to wear sunglasses. Occasionally when I’m driving towards the sun I feel the need to put them on (not that I have a pair in my car!) but generally I can get through a whole British summer without the need for my ‘shades’. When I do need them for my holiday of course I can never find them as I haven’t worn them for 50 weeks!
So here we are in late March. The sun isn’t strong yet by any means. So why is it, when I pick my son up from school in an afternoon when the sun has only just about managed to force its way through thick clouds, that half the parents in the playground are wearing sunglasses? Do they all have hangovers? Are they all hiding bloodshot eyes? Or are they merely trying to get the maximum use out of a fashion accessory they paid an ‘arm and a leg’ for?
Some people with Seasonal affective disorder (apparently there are about 2 million in the UK) feel the need to hire light boxes during the winter to stimulate their hypothalamus (allegedly) and bring them out of their lack of sunlight induced depression. Others, as soon as the sun finally comes out after a cold, wet and windy winter decided to screen their eyes from sunlight presumably in case they get cheered up too early in the year!
What a strange world we live in!