Why Do Celebrities Wear Sunglasses Indoors? (7 Reasons Why)

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Freya Crawford

Freya Crawford is a self-confessed geek. She loves gaming, watching classic movies, and her guilty pleasure is trashy reality TV. She also enjoys collecting old NES and Gameboy games.

We’ve all noticed it, celebrities wearing their sunglasses constantly, including when indoors. Why do they do that?

Besides just looking cool, there can be several reasons, from vanity to medical issues, that make celebrities want to wear sunglasses indoors. Read below to find out more.

Why Do Celebrities Wear Sunglasses Indoors?

1. To Hide A Surgery

Celebrities have to look good all the time so smoothing out laugh lines and removing bags under the eyes is a must. Sunglasses help hide this until it heals.

Sunglasses can shield people from seeing stitches, redness, swelling, or even bruising from different procedures.

After Lasik surgery, used to correct a person’s sight, sunglasses would also be needed as the eyes tend to be extra sensitive for a few days up to a week’s time.

Another medical reason is cataract-removal surgery, as the after-effects can cause light sensitivity as well.

Don’t forget icons like Stevie Wonder, whose use of sunglasses indoors was due to blindness. The wearers may feel more comfortable when around groups of people.

2. To Hide Their Feelings

A fake smile can fool some people, but the eyes, not so much. Eyes can reflect sadness or aggravation, leading to people knowing more than the celebrity wants them to know.

Sometimes the hidden feelings are just those of exhaustion. Endless hours doing scenes can lead to exhaustion and fatigue and it can show first around the eyes.

It is believed sunglasses first came about in China around the 12th century. Usually, the very wealthy legal officials were the only ones who used them to hide their emotions.

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3. To Appear Mysterious

This one kind of goes with the last one above because if you don’t know what someone is thinking or feeling, then they can be a mystery to you.

Besides, they say the eyes are windows to the soul. Nothing is more mysterious than not being sure if the person you’re looking at even has one.

4. Photophobia


There are several medical reasons, such as migraines, dry eyes, or even allergies, that can cause photophobia or sensitivity to light.

This can be a natural occurrence or happen from over-exposure to the sun or light from a screen such as computers, tablets, or phones.

Photophobia is when your eye detects light and sends it to a nerve in your head. If the connection between the two is too harsh, photophobia occurs.

This can result in things like migraines or extreme eye pain when exposed to even moderate amounts of light.

5. To Hide A Hangover

There is nothing like a good pair of sunglasses to hide those red, glassy, sleep-deprived eyes courtesy of an annoying hangover.

Alcohol slows down parts of your brain, causing other parts of the brain to become overactive. This includes parts dealing with vision.

Once the alcohol wears off, it takes time for the overactive part of the brain to slow back down, meaning the overactive parts are extra sensitive still, causing light sensitivity.

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Drug use can also cause things like bags under the eyes and red eyes. Sunglasses are known for hiding these after-effects from watchful eyes as well.

Sunglasses help hide ailments such as pink eye. If the glasses have larger lenses in them, they can hide mishaps on the eyebrows, eyelashes, or even a black eye.

6. To Look Fashionable

Sunglasses can be a great accessory to any outfit. There are multiple colors and styles available, from aviator to cat-eye. You can match a pair to almost any outfit.

Celebrities may use sunglass accessories to add interest to a somewhat blah outfit or to use for a particular “look”, or just to look cool and aloof.

The sunglass industry relied on looking cool heavily in the beginning by having popular celebrities wear their glasses in blockbuster movies, making people want to buy them.

Some of the earliest times celebrities started a fashion trend through sunglasses were in 1955 with Grace Kelly and 1959 with Cary Grant.

And let’s not forget the iconic look of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She later went on to design more sunglass looks with Oliver Goldsmith.

More modern references would be things like the Aviators Tom Cruise wore in Top Gun or the black glasses the cast wore in Men In Black. All of them started fashion trends.

7. To Protect Their Eyes

Sunglasses are a great way to not only protect your eyes from UV rays from the sunlight but also from the incessant flashes of paparazzi cameras.

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Flashes from the paparazzi’s cameras can cause something called “flash blindness”. It is temporary, and your sight will return back to normal after a few minutes.

“Flash blindness” is when the retina gets exposed to too much light causing a person to not be able to see clearly or see a spot where the light was.

The best sunglasses for eye protection would be with UVB/UVA blockers on them. This protects against cancers of the eye and retina as well as skin damage around the eyes.

Sunglasses can be used to protect eyes from sunlight, bright artificial light, and glare from the snow, which is crucial for the safety of skiers.

To learn more, you can also read our posts on why people care about celebrities, why celebrities are democratic, and why celebrities cover one eye.


Sunglasses worn indoors can be for a myriad of reasons, from medical to more vane reasons. They can be worn to hide ailments or feelings from onlookers and passerby-ers.

Celebrities may wear sunglasses inside for protection from natural or artificial light or as a great accessory to compliment an outfit.


  • Freya Crawford

    Freya Crawford is a self-confessed geek. She loves gaming, watching classic movies, and her guilty pleasure is trashy reality TV. She also enjoys collecting old NES and Gameboy games.

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