Report by Vision Experts Highlights Importance of Protecting the Eyes from UV Damage
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 18, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Without protective measures, residents' eyes and skin in U.S. cities are at high risk of exposure from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Despite the danger, less than one in three Americans makes the link between
The Vision Council released a new report about the importance of protecting eyes and the skin that surrounds the eyes. "Hidden Dangers of UV: Keeping Your Eyes Safe" explains the factors that exacerbate exposure risks, highlights forecasts that show the intensity of UV in cities across the country and offers tips for preventing vision problems that can be caused by UV exposure. The report notes that many of the cities for which UV levels are indexed by the National Weather Service have very high or extreme UV radiation levels more than 20 percent of the year.
"It's important for people to understand how to shield their eyes from dangerous UV radiation," said Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council. "With this report, we want to help people recognize the dangers of UV radiation for their eyes and motivate them to protect themselves and their families."
Wearing sunglasses or other eyewear that offer UV protection is the best way to shield eyes from the sun. "Hidden Dangers of UV: Keeping Your Eyes Safe" details what consumers should consider when choosing a pair of shades:
"Along with sunscreen, hats and other UV-protective gear, we want people to remember to wear sunglasses whenever they're outside," said Greene.
Read a copy of the report and a comprehensive list of sun-safe tips at www.thevisioncouncil.org/sunglasses.
SOURCE The Vision Council
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