Yesterday I was surprised to find out that Bono Vox, the famous U2 singer, is one of us!

You practically always see Bono Vox wearing sunglasses. Indoors, outdoors, concerts, at night… I hadn’t given it much thought, but subconsciously I imagined it was a statement of some sort, a trademark, to be different and stand out in some way.

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Well, as it turns out, Bono has been wearing sunglasses for the last twenty years primarily due to light sensitivity, although (according to him) privacy and vanity also have something to do with it. His eyes are very sensitive to light. For example, if somebody takes a photo of him, he sees the flash for the rest of the day. His right eye swells up due to a blockage there and his eyes go red a lot… And the result is the usual fatigue, headaches, eyestrain, etc… Another bad news is that apparently Bono’s sensitivity to light is getting worse. (For those of you who are interested in finding out more about Bono and his photophobia, you’ll get lots of hits…)

Due to my problems with light sensitivity, I was especially interested in finding out more about what type of sunglasses Bono uses. I do not mean which brand, but rather his experience with different tints, polarizing efficiency, light transmission. What type of glasses he uses indoors or at night or on a rainy day. How does he avoid glare from headlights when driving at night…

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find answers to this type of questions. If you have, please let us know.

P.S. Bono, if you happen to be reading this, we’d love to read about your Glarmin experience, i.e. about your efforts to minimize glare. You would help many of us a great deal. Thanks!



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