Do You Need Sunglasses in the Fall?

Fall is here! The leaves are changing and the weather is cooling down, so you may be thinking it’s time to ditch those shades. While Autumn might seem like the perfect time to go sans-shades, you actually need your sunglasses now more than ever. There are many harmful factors that are still around in the Fall such as UV rays and glare. Continue reading to learn all of the reasons you need sunglasses for Autumn. 

UV Rays

While you might think that Summer is the only time those pesky UV rays are out to get you, they actually shine all year round. These UV rays can cause serious damage to your eyes and the skin around your eyes, so it is a necessity to wear your sunglasses outside, even in the Fall. 

Wind and Dry Eyes

During the Fall, the wind starts to pick up and this can cause dryness to your eyes and the skin surrounding your eyes. Sunglasses are the perfect shield to the elements and will keep your eyes safe from drying out and any debris (sand, dirt, etc.) flying through the air from the wind. 


Depending on where you live, around Fall, it may start to snow. Glare can be intensified from the sun reflecting off cars, snow, water, metal, and other reflective surfaces. The glare from these factors can cause nerve damage, such as macular degeneration, and eye fatigue that can only be fought off from wearing sunglasses. 

black sunglasses being held up on orange leaves
Sunglasses can protect you from the harmful glare off of snow, reflective surfaces, or even while driving.


Closer Sun

During Fall and Winter, the sun is actually closer to your field of vision. The sun doesn’t rise as high during these months which means it’s shining closer to your eyes all day long. In fact, because the sun is shining closer, you are more exposed to UV rays than in the Summer. This can cause eye fatigue, eye strain, and even more serious conditions like nerve damage to your eyes without the proper protection of eyewear. 

Cataracts and Skin Cancer

Cataracts and skin cancer can both affect you year-round. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world and 10% of skin cancer cases occur around the eyes. Despite the sun shining a little less, it can still cause both of these diseases. It is important to protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses to ensure safety from cataracts and skin cancer. 

What lenses are best for Fall?


yellow lenses being held in front of trees in forest
Yellow lenses can brighten up a foggy day while blocking out 99.9% of surface glare.

 When it comes to lenses in the Fall, the options are endless. We’d recommend a lighter lens, since the sun isn’t shining as bright. The best fit for Fall is our yellow polarized lenses, brown gradient lenses, or the midnight mirror lenses. All of these are perfect for blocking out light, enhancing contrast and depth perception and are perfect for any outdoor activities in the cool weather or reducing glare while driving. 


Overall, it is incredibly important that you still wear sunglasses in the Fall. It may seem that Fall is the time to finally take off those shades, but there are a wide variety of factors that can still harm your eyes. Whether you’re staying protected from UV rays or debris flying in the wind, sunglasses are an essential part of your Fall wardrobe. Stay protected with Fuse Frames this Fall. 


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