During the webinar, I was able to hear Dr. Dora Adamopoulous discuss the recent findings of the 2015 Vision Council's UV Protection Report. Here are some of my biggest takeaways:
- 1 in 4 Americans rarely or never wear sunglasses
- Unprotected UV exposure can cause sunburned eyes, cataracts, and macular degeneration (vision loss/blindness)
- 65% of Americans consider sunglasses a fashion accessory and not a necessity
- Sunglasses should be worn year round (even on cloudy days)
- Peak UV times for eyes is 8am-10am and 2pm-4pm
- Eye damage is cumulative and can never be reversed
- Unlike the mature lens of an adult eye, a child’s ocular lens cannot effectively filter out UV rays so more harmful radiation reaches the retina.
- Buy sunglasses from a reputable retailer. You don't need to spend a lot of money but you want to know that you are getting a quality pair.
- Buy glasses with UVA/UVB protection. Most glasses have a sticker or label indicating their coverage. If the glasses don't have a sticker or you are not sure of the coverage - get a different pair.
- Choose glasses that best fit your lifestyle in order to ensure that you use them frequently. Also, for children consider a wrap around style or similar so that they stay put.
|The future's so bright we gotta wear shades|