With the arrival of the new season of the hit Netflix series “House of Cards,” sunglasses are back in fashion, at least for some people.
But how well are these eyewear-inspired accessories actually working?
According to a survey conducted by research firm iSpot, most consumers have a positive experience with their sunglasses, but a few people still have some concerns about them.
“We found that sunglasses do have their place,” says John Rolfe, director of marketing at iSpot.
“It’s not the only thing people want.”
While some of those people may have concerns about the health risks of wearing sunglasses in public, there’s some evidence that wearing sunglasses may actually help people reduce their risk of catching a cold.
In fact, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California found that a person who wore sunglasses three times a week for eight weeks had lower blood pressure and higher levels of a hormone called the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6).
The study found that people who wore glasses for the first time actually had more IL-6 in their bloodstream than those who wore them for just one time.
It’s unclear how this would affect the levels of the hormone, but the results are in line with previous research that found glasses might be helpful for treating certain types of arthritis.
Other studies also indicate that wearing glasses may be good for your eyesight.
A study published in the journal Nature in 2011 found that wearing eyeglasses was good for the eyesight of participants who had a history of eye damage, such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.
But other studies have suggested that glasses might also help your eyes heal faster.
While this may be a benefit for your overall health, it may also be beneficial to those with certain types and conditions, such atopic dermatitis or retinitis pigmentosa, which are conditions that cause inflammation of the iris.
While glasses are often considered a fashion accessory, it’s worth mentioning that they are actually not.
While sunglasses are sometimes worn as an accessory to improve your posture, they are designed specifically to reduce your risk of getting sunburns, so it’s not something you should buy just to look cool.
“The best thing about wearing sunglasses is that they actually help with the eye health,” says Rolfes.
“They protect the eyes from the sun.”
So, how much do you need to wear glasses to get the best results?
“A couple glasses a day is a good start,” says Robby Denny, founder of the eye care website Eyelashes.com.
“But if you’re doing daily tasks, or even if you wear them just to get a quick look, they might be a bit too much.”
The best time to start wearing glasses is during the day when it’s easier to wear them, and after dark, says Denny.
“After you’ve gotten a little tired, you might consider wearing a hat or a scarf instead of sunglasses.
The sun is definitely a good source of UVB rays, so if you’ve got a protective suit, sunglasses can be helpful.”
If you’re still having trouble getting the right look, try using sunglasses with a low-profile style.
“This can help with some of the problems with your face and head,” says Dennys advice.
“You might need to try different shades and see if it works for you.”
Another tip for those who are still struggling to find the perfect pair of glasses is to check out the brands available on Amazon.
There are plenty of great options available, from brands like Holographic, which is known for their low-maintenance and easy-to-clean lenses, to brands like Aromasoft, which has great value-priced sunglasses for the money.
The best part about glasses is that you don’t have to sacrifice your appearance for them.
While the idea of wearing glasses to improve the appearance of your face might sound like a bit of a crazy idea, the research shows that they really can make a big difference in your overall well-being.
“In our research, we found that when people were wearing glasses, their overall health improved,” says Dr. Rolf.
“If you can get them for a low price and look good, they can help you look better.”
Sources: iSpot | CBS News