We’re sure you have seen them all the time on TV: Dressed immaculately in black, carrying rifles or just standing at ease behind the personality, these body guards and security personnel exemplify poise and determination. The one thing that stands out in their attire are the sunglasses. Why exactly do these guys all wear sunglasses, all the time? Does it give them some added advantage? It is not just for style for sure! If you too have ever wondered why, here’s the answer:

1. Misleads attackers

Security personnel keep their eyes roving across the entire area all the time. Wearing sunglasses ensures that attackers cannot see the eyes of the guard and do not know which way to move. It helps the security guards sense sudden movement better.

2. Help protect from external objects

If the field or open space is particularly foggy or dusty, then the glasses shield the wearer’s eyes and help them see clearly even during the haze. The primary aim of the guards or the security is to protect the target from an unwarranted attack and at such times, they need to be extremely alert – especially if it is an open ground.

3. Protection in case of blasts

In case of minor blasts or debris flying, it protects the wearers eyes. Also, as the glass of these sunglasses is specially created, it can help them see right through the blast or the attack without any damage to the glasses or cracks appearing. That is why, the army is also often given high end glasses to wear during missions.

4. Psychological reasons

When a blast or sudden disruption occurs, human nature is to first shut the eyes as it senses an attack. Wearing the sunglasses gives an added layer of protection and helps keep the eyes open and alert even during such times. It helps quickly open eyes and scan the ground without pausing after the attack.

5. To hide their emotions

As cliched as it may sound, wearing sunglasses helps the wearer protect his eyes from emotion. Even if the other person managed to surprise or shock him, the attacker won’t be able to see the shock as the sunglasses will hide the eyes. It helps the wearer to recover quickly and plan a counter-attack without giving the attacker an upper hand.

6. To avoid glares from sunlight or direct flashes

Dark glasses help avoid direct sunlight and glares and also give the eye a neutral black tone making it easy to see beyond colour restrictions. It helps the security personnel blink less and keep eyes open for longer period.

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