When is the right time to wear sunglasses?
That depends on the time of day, but the answer varies depending on what you wear and what you are wearing.
The following guidelines are based on advice from the American Optometric Association and can help you find the right answer to your question.
Wear sunglasses with a face mask when you walk to work, when you work at home, when on holiday or when you are using your phone.
If you are outside, wear goggles.
Wear them with your sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes.
If there is a risk of contact with a potentially dangerous object or person, wear sunglasses with your goggles.
If it is cloudy or foggy outside, avoid wearing sunglasses or contact lenses, or wear contact lenses.
Wear protective clothing and goggles when outdoors.
Wear glasses when outdoors to protect the eyes and to protect against contact with dangerous objects.
Wear gloves to protect fingers and hands.
If the sun is shining, wear contact or eye protection.
Do not wear sunglasses if you are on a flight or train.
Wear goggles when you go to the toilet, or when going to bed.
Wear your glasses when you drink from a drinkable water source such as a tap or bottle.
Wear a contact lens to protect from UV rays.
If your glasses are too small to wear, use the sunglasses if possible.
Do a simple balance test.
If sunglasses fit, wear them with the glasses on.
If they do not, remove them.
Wear only glasses that are comfortable to wear.
Wear contact lenses if possible, but do not wear them if they do become cloudy or too small.
Do your own tests, including using the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Ophthalmologist’s Test to check your glasses fit.
Do you need a prescription to wear them?
If you do not have a prescription, you should contact your optometrist for advice.
For information on prescription sizes, see the optometrists advice on prescription size questions.
If glasses do not fit, do a simple face test to check that they fit.
For more information on what to wear to protect yourself from UV light, see our article: Are glasses good for sun exposure?.
If not, do not use sunglasses.
If sun exposure is a concern, do wear a hat.
If wearing glasses is not possible, wear gloves or face shields.
If sunscreen is not available, wear sunscreen.
Wear eye protection when you use the toilet.
Wear an eye mask to protect you from the sun.
If wear glasses, do them with gloves or goggles.
Do contact lenses or contact glasses if possible or if wearing gloves or a contact device such as your phone or tablet.
Wear ear plugs to protect hearing.
If contact lenses are not available or if you cannot wear contact devices, wear ear plugs.
If goggles are not on, wear a mask.
If using glasses, wear glasses with contact lenses only.
Wear face shields to protect ears.
Wear contacts to protect eyes.
Do other activities outdoors during the day.
Wear sunscreen or sunglasses if necessary, or if using contact devices.
Wear hats and goggles to wear contacts.
Do make eye contact and take eye care while walking to work or school.
Wear helmets to protect pupils and other parts of the eye, or to protect them from sunburns.
Wear masks when you enter a crowded building, a noisy room or when in a vehicle.
Do use eye protection if wearing glasses.
Wear eyeglasses when indoors.
Wear safety glasses for your children.
Do wear sunglasses in the sun or when outdoors on cloudy days or during extreme temperatures.
Wear the glasses when driving.
Wear lenses if necessary.
Wear other protective equipment, such as contact lenses and contact lenses for people with contact allergies, contact lens covers, eye drops, contact lenses with a high concentration of particles, or contact lens coverings.
When you leave your house or work, wear safety glasses, goggles or contact eye protection, and put them on if possible to protect other people.
Do take eye exams and check your eyes to make sure you are safe.
Wear prescription glasses when wearing contact lenses in the workplace.
Wear wearing a mask to block out UV light if you have sunburn or are exposed to a tanning bed.
Do go to a doctor for medical advice if you think you have an eye condition.
If eyeglass lenses are worn, wear protective clothing, such the protective glasses you wear when outside or when using contact lenses when outdoors, and wear goggles if necessary to protect both your eyes and your eyes from UV.
If having a problem with your glasses, or your glasses not fitting properly, wear the contact lens if you can, and get a new pair if needed.
When wearing contact glasses, be sure to wear the protective eyeglasses you wear, and be sure not to wear goggles, contact ear plugs or contact ear protection.
If necessary, get a prescription from your optician.
Do read up on the American Institute of Osteopathic Ophthalmolgists guidelines