Sunglasses symbolize summer to me. Fashion or prescription, they show up en masse with the weather warmer and people spending more time outside. Sporting sunglasses protects your vision; I recommend everyone wear a pair outdoors. Studies link UV rays to increased risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.
So, why do some people with low vision wear tinted shades? People like me have light sensitivity and glare issues. Imagine how you squint when a bright light shines in your eyes, or the reflections off a lake on a sunny day make you blink. Now, imagine that simply moving from one room to another with different lighting or glancing at a reflective surface causes eye fatigue and visual distortions.
Wearing a tinted amber or plum lens minimizes my negative side effects of light. Depending on my environment (natural light, fluorescent light, headlights, stage lights, etc), my need for lens filtering varies. An overcast day translates to less light sensitivity to me. Watching a musical leads me to reach for my plum shades.
If you are in the market for lenses, I am pleased with my Polare Cocoons and NoIR sunglasses. I recommend that you undergo a low vision evaluation with a low vision specialist to figure out which shade colors benefit your situation best though since I’m not a pro.
Low vision or not, do you wear sunglasses to protect your vision when you go outside?