The Dangers Of UV Radiation
It’s simple, exposing your eyes to UV radiation is dangerous. It doesn’t matter if the UV light is from natural sunlight or artificial sources. Both long and short term exposure can cause damage to your eyes, which may compromise your overall eye health. There are several eye diseases and conditions caused by exposure to UV radiation:
- Macular Degeneration
- Skin Cancer
Consistently wearing sunglasses or protective eyewear with lenses that block UV light is the key to protecting your eyes from UV radiation. Plus, your overall health will benefit from protecting your eyes from excessive amounts of sun exposure. So it’s an excellent idea to get into the habit of wearing sunglasses during outdoor activities.
Unfortunately, half of individuals surveyed wear sunglasses that truly protect their eyes. In fact, several people didn’t realize their dime store sunglasses didn’t block UV light. Many people felt children should wear sunglasses too, but one glance at a park or ball field on a sunny day and the lack of follow through in this area is evident.
Even though 75 percent of Americans report having concerns about UV eye exposure, less than one-third (31 percent) wear sunglasses every time they go outside, according to the 2016 VisionWatch survey of more than 10,000 adults 18 and older. – 2016 UV Protection Report from thevisioncouncil.org
So Why The Disparity?
Many people focus only on fashion or price when choosing sunglasses. Which means they may purchase sunglasses that don’t adequately filter harmful UV radiation. Others don’t feel wearing UV protection is an absolute necessity all the time. The fact is, most people don’t realize the long-term health risks to their eyes caused by exposure to UV radiation.