How Wearing Sunglasses Affects Your Pineal Gland


People are wearing sunglasses more and more often.

Even if the sun is not shining bright, people everywhere quickly don their shades.

Aside from fashion-conscious adults, you will even see little children (toddlers) have sunglasses on.

In an article in the Let’s live Magazine in October 1980, Dr. Ornstein explains that sunlight is very important.


Daylight, in fact, is vital.

Our Pineal Gland is responsible for our emotional and physical health.

People often refer to it as your “third eye” considering its anatomical location and the fact that it contains light-sensitive cells.

Throughout our life, it is an active and secreting gland.

To function properly, the Pineal Gland needs natural, unfiltered light.

Light as conscious energy

Light enters the body as conscious electromagnetic energy from the sun.

It’s delivered through the optic nerves of the eyes which, in turn, directly stimulates the pineal gland, a photoreactive organ.

The Pineal Gland directly feeds into the hypothalamus by converting light energy into an electrochemical impulse.

The hypothalamus is that part of the brain which mediates all of the vital processes of the body.

It has immediate and direct connections to the pituitary gland and the autonomic nervous system.

The hypothalamus is filled with light-sensitive cells which convert the electromagnetic signal of light into a neurochemical impulse.

It then carries this impulse directly into the Pituitary Gland.

The Pituitary, in turn, elaborates and secretes hormones within the body, thereby maintaining homeostasis.

Wearing sunglasses

Learning all this makes us think when to wear sunglasses and also not to put them in little children’s eyes.

The eyes are able to adjust to sunlight much more than we give them credit for.

When we work in facilities with artificial light during the day then we can agree that people are not getting enough natural light.

One statement that Dr. Ornstein made in his article mentioned before.

Another source also questions the correlation between sunglasses and the pineal gland.

In the book, Nature’s Detox Plan – A Program for Physical and Emotional Detoxification, author Roy Mankovitz states that:

“The downside to wearing sunglasses is that it interferes with a portion of the endocrine system involving the pineal gland, which is light responsive.

“We do not fully understand the operation of the pineal gland, but from what we do know, you do not want to mess with it.”

According to an article published on  Seasonal Affective Disorder, sunglasses prevent light reaching the Pineal Gland.

Author Patricia McCormac states:

“Limit the amount of time you wear sunglasses because sunglasses limit the light traveling from the eyes to the pineal gland.

“Eyeglasses and contact lenses rob you of energy by blocking some of the ultraviolet rays that travel through the eyes to the pineal gland”

The Pineal gland is the switch for the pituitary gland, which controls aging.

Melatonin is the key hormone the Pineal gland produces.

More sunlight exposure during the day is one approach for increasing melatonin production.

Be sure to take off your glasses, including sunglasses, in sunlight because light through the eyes stimulates the Pineal Gland.

Besides giving you raccoon eyes, have you ever wondered about the correlation between wearing sunglasses and the amount of light that reaches your pineal gland?

Sun Gazing

Sun gazing, or sungazing, originated in India more than 2,000 years ago.

Although, it was also practiced by ancient Aztecs, Egyptians, Mayans, and Greeks.

Tibetan Yoga also practices it along with some traditions of Qigong, Tai Chi, and by some Native American tribes.

Some refer to sun gazing as solar healing, solar gazing, sun staring, Sun Yoga, Surya Yoga, and Solar Yoga.

It refers to the practice of staring directly at the sun in order to receive nourishment, healing and spiritual enlightenment.

The gazing is done only during the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset when the sun’s rays are most gentle to your eye.

If you perform it at other hours, you can cause serious damage to your retina.

During sungazing, the light you receive activates your Pineal Gland.

Light reaches it by passing into your eyes, then along a pathway from your retina to your hypothalamus called the retinohypothalamic tract.

It then travels along nerve pathways to your pineal gland.

Light impulses inhibit the production of melatonin, and at night when it is dark, pineal inhibition ceases and the body releases melatonin.

Therefore, the pineal gland is an important timekeeper for your body.

Melatonin is also produced during visualization and relaxation.

Healing properties

The light energy you take in while sun gazing activates your dormant pineal gland, which will turn your “brainuter” on.

It is this activation that causes you to experience the seemingly magical conversion of solar energy into nutrition, healing of disease, heightened energy, increased psychic abilities and, ultimately, enlightenment.

Sun gazing is highly controversial due to the considerable evidence, which states that looking directly at the sun can be damaging to your eyes.

So while I am not advocating gazing into the sun directly, I think it’s important to reflect on this phenomenon that is already occurring, and from which many have experienced benefits.

If you’d like to learn more about sun gazing (which you should definitely do before attempting it), you can do so here.



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