Study: Most Americans Risk Sun Damage To Their Eyes

Do you prefer to wear sunglasses or a hat on a bright day? The Vision Council surveyed more than 10,000 adults over age 18 about sunglasses and their habits when protecting their eyes. The results show that just 31 percent of people wear UV-protective sunglasses every time they go outside, and only 39 percent wear them if they are outside for more than two hours. Additionally, 14 percent said they are likely to protect their eyes at an outdoor sporting event, and 44 percent wear them at the beach. Furthermore, Mike Daley, CEO of the The Vision Council says, “Many consumers make sunglasses purchases based on style and comfort, but when choosing a pair of sunglasses, it’s vital to check the label and make sure lenses are UVA/UVB protective.” Dr. Justin Bazan, a medical adviser to The Vision Council adds, “UV damage to your eyes can start in as little as 15 minutes. Many Americans have a ‘passive’ relationship with their sunglasses, and they don’t realize the dangerous health consequences that can occur from overexposure to the sun’s rays without the right eye protection.” (UPI