Close your eyes and imagine a picture of Santa Claus. Is he wearing those little half-moon glasses in the image in your mind? Or perhaps those round John Lennon specs?
Is Santa just near-sighted? Or maybe those are just readers for going over the Naughty or Nice List.
Of course, there could be a variety of other reasons Santa dons the spectacles.
Maybe the frigid and windy arctic conditions are giving Santa a bad case of dry eye. Or the sun bouncing off all that snow calls for glasses with UV protection and St. Nick is just warding off a bad case of snow blindness (photokeratitis).
Perhaps the glasses are due to age-related ailments. Santa is pushing 1,750 years old, so it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that Mr. Kringle is battling macular degeneration or cataracts. Or, like about 10 million Americans, Santa could be nearsighted. We could load up a Ziemer Femtosecond laser, the first mobile femtosecond laser for cataract and LASIK surgery (and the only one that will fit in the sleigh) and head north for on-site treatment. The jolly ol’ elf could be seeing 20/20 in no time.
Of course, it may just be a fashion statement and the glasses don’t do anything at all but make him look kindly and wise.