Many Americans are unaware that UV rays are harmful to the eyes and can cause diseases such as early cataracts, corneal growths (pterygium. pinguecula), and macular degeneration.
Here are some alarming statistics:
- 65%: More than six out of ten adults view sunwear as a fashion accessory.
- TOP TIMES: Eyes are most at risk outside between 8am-10 am and 2pm-4pm.
- 33.7%: Over a third of parents of kids under age 13 say their children rarely or never wear sunglasses.
- 3X: Kids receive three times the annual adult exposure to UV. Their clearer lenses and larger pupils put them at risk for serious vision damage later in life.
- MOST: American adults report they are the most likely to protect their eyes when driving, walking or going to the beach or pool.
- LEAST: Outdoor activities for which adults report they’re less likely to consider protecting their eyes are running, biking, gardening, and participating in team sports.
- SEASONS: While the UV index peaks during spring and summer, levels can also be high in September and October. In the winter, UV rays can reflect into the eyes off the snow.
“Simply put, no matter what the season, no matter what the weather, UV protective sunwear is imperative for your patients.”