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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

SPARE YOUR SIGHT:
Using Shades for Protection and Style - 2016 UV Protection Report

AUTHOR:

The Vision Council

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

The Vision Council

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLICATION:

The Vision Council - 2016 UV Protection Report

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Because long-term UV damage is cumulative and irreversible, it is important to begin protective eyewear habits early; research has shown that young eyes are especially susceptible to UV-related harm.

  • 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.

  • The time of day that people choose to spend outdoors contributes to the risk of UV damage – more than one third of adults go outside between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m., when UV exposure is at its highest.

  • Teens and young adults are considered an at-risk age group for sun damage to the eye because the older they get, the less likely they are to use UV protection.

  • More than 1 in 3 adults have experienced symptoms from unprotected UV exposure.