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Why Does Bono Always Wear His Signature Shades?

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Ever wonder why Bono always wears shades, even indoors? U2’s frontman doesn’t sport sunglasses simply as part of his image. Bono has had glaucoma - a disease which can damage the optic nerve and potentially lead to blindness - for over two decades now. 

The real reason he wears his trademark shades is due to this progressive, sight-robbing eye disease - because they help protect his eyes from light and glare. 

How Do Tinted Lenses Help People With Glaucoma?

People with glaucoma can experience sensitivity to light (photophobia) and glare, among other symptoms. Those patients with this condition will be more affected by glare reflected off a variety of surfaces, like water, snow, sand or pavement, than the average person.

That's one of the reasons why many people with glaucoma feel best wearing sunglasses while outdoors on a sunny day, in a bright indoor space, or tinted lenses while driving in the early evening. 

Protecting Your Eyes, Too!

By wearing sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection, you can reduce your risk of developing diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration, but also reduce symptoms of other conditions, such as photophobia. Polarized lenses, in particular, can help with glare. With yearly comprehensive eye exams, early diagnosis and consistent treatment, you can prevent vision deterioration from glaucoma or similar sight-threatening eye diseases. Contact Blacksburg Eye Associates in Blacksburg to book your eye doctor's appointment today.

Q&A

Can glaucoma be cured?

While there is currently no cure for glaucoma, there are many effective treatment options available. Treatments that can help slow the progression of glaucoma include eye drops, oral medications, as well as surgical procedures. 

How can glaucoma vision loss be prevented?

With our optometrists' experience, coupled with new technology, glaucoma is getting easier to find in it's early stages.  Early detection and early treatment is the best way to slow glaucoma-related vision loss. That's one more reason why the team at Blacksburg Eye Associates recommends annual comprehensive eye exams!