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Vision Council report – Sunglasses are a must – protect your eyes!

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—More than one in four American adults are risking serious eye damage through exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, according to a new report from The Vision Council, “Protection for the Naked Eye: Sunglasses as a Health Necessity.”The report, which is intended to educate consumers about the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect against UV, was released yesterday to 250 consumer reporters and editors. It finds that more than 25 percent of U.S. adults rarely or never wear sunglasses, and nearly two-thirds are unaware of the link between UV exposure and serious eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. An abbreviated overview of the report was also shared with long-lead magazines in March of this year, promoting story ideas and supplements for their summer issues.

“Our goal at The Vision Council is to raise awareness about the risks of exposure to UV rays, and the sunglass options and other UV protective eyewear available, so that more and more Americans are protecting their eyes,” said Mike Daley, the CEO of The Vision Council. “Consumers of all ages need to be aware of these issues, and the steps that they can take to prevent damage to the eyes throughout their lifetime.”

The report also finds that more than one-third of parents report that their children 13 and under rarely or never wear sunglasses, despite the fact that children are at increased risk for UV overexposure.

“Because UV exposure happens over a lifetime and doesn’t always produce immediate symptoms, people of all ages must be aware of the negative impact sunlight can have on our eyes—without adequate protection like sunglasses,” said Justin Bazan, OD, medical adviser to The Vision Council.

The release of the report, which coincides with May as UV Awareness Month, supports The Vision Council’s many UV protection activities including an ongoing partnership with Lifetime Fitness as well as a widespread National Sunglasses Day campaign. The Lifetime Fitness partnership directly reaches 6.25 million consumers each month, promoting the importance of UV protection with indoor posters, digital signage, and multiple 30-second TV spots as well as sunglasses-related activities in 12 Lifetime Fitness locations throughout the country to celebrate National Sunglasses Day, June 27.

To view or download a copy of the report, Protection for the Naked Eye: Sunglasses as a Health Necessity, click here.

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Sunglasses, UV Protection and What You Need to Know to Protect Your Vision

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vision Council held a briefing on Capitol Hill last week about the impact of UV exposure on vision health. The presentation on “Sunglasses, UV Protection and What You Need to Know to Protect Your Vision” covered both long-term and short-term concerns related to exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Among the vision disorders that can occur from UV exposure that were discussed included cataracts, abnormal eye growths, cancer of the eye, and macular degeneration.Although the summer is almost over, the briefing remains topical because Americans must take appropriate measures to protect their eyes from harmful UV radiation year-round, according to a statement from The Vision Council. Although it can be easier to feel the impact of sun in the summer, UV radiation is always present and can be even more damaging during colder months when adults and children stop wearing UV protection. While the UV index is highest in the spring and summer, it can still reach moderate to very high levels in September and October. In winter months, UV rays can reflect off of snow and into the eyes, especially after a fresh snowfall or during winter sporting activities, when individuals can experience photokeratitis, or “snow blindness,” The Vision Council stated.

The Vision Council further reported: “Despite data about the dangerous effects of UV radiation, Americans are still exposing their eyes and skin to harmful UV exposure, putting them at risk for serious health problems later in life. In fact, 47.6 percent of adults do not protect their eyes simply because they forget to wear sunglasses.”

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Dermatologist Recommends Sun Protection For All

In “Medicine Matters,” Medscape (7/21, Fryhofer) posted a video and transcript of Dr. Sandra Fryhofer discusses “six tanning and sunscreen myths.” Fryhofer recommended that everyone wear sunscreen as much as possible, along with UV-protective sunglasses and a hat. She also pointed out that even inside cars, people need to wear sunscreen, since “a study in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology found that people who spend a lot of time in the car are more likely to get skin cancers on the side exposed to sunlight during driving.”

One In Three Adults Unaware Of Eye Health Risks Of Too Much Sun Exposure

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/9, Healy) reports that wearing a hat and protecting eyes “from harmful UV rays” is as much a part of sun protection as slathering on sunscreen. “A 2009 survey by the American Optometric Association found that one in three adults are unaware of the eye health risks of spending too much time in the sun without proper protection.” Excessive UV exposure may result in pterygium, macular degeneration, or cataracts. And, “even a few hours of intense, unprotected exposure can have consequences, says optometrist Sarah Hinkley of the American Optometric Association,” possibly leading to painful photokeratitis.

Don’t wait until it is too late and never go outside without your sunglasses on, even on a cloudy day. UV rays go right thru clouds like they’re not ever there!  F.E.

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Sunglasses not optional !! – UV Rays May Cause Significant Damage To Unprotected Eyes

HealthDay (8/20, Thompson) reported that “ultraviolet, or UV, rays can cause significant damage to unprotected eyes, resulting in a number of illnesses and disorders that can rob people of their sight.” Over the long term, UV exposure can play a role in the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer. “The eye tends to develop melanoma, while the eyelids usually are inflicted with basal cell carcinoma.” Eye experts recommend that people wear sunglasses “rated to absorb 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.” And, because the majority of sun exposure happens early in life, parents should make sure their children wear sunglasses, too.

Sunglasses should be worn all year round. Sun rays are at work every day, even on cloudy days.  Did you know a properly designed pair of sunglasses lenses can actually help you see better when driving in lower light, rainy conditions?

Look for sunglasses that have quality 100% UV protection that won’t rub off over time as you clean the sunglasses. Sunglasses with anti-reflective treatment helps minimize light rays that come from behind from bouncing off the inside of your glasses back into your eye. Good polarization prevents scattered light and reflections from causing blinding conditions.  And don’t forget to look for sunglasses that have good eyeball and eye socket coverage. And last, but not least, look for a pair of sunglasses that compliment your facial structure, wardrobe and life style!

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Eye-Related Problems Linked To Diet, Sun, And Smoking

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (7/26, Black) reports “a diet rich in all the things that are known to be good for your health also can protect against vision-stealing cataracts,” according to a study in the Archives of Ophthalmology. A University of Wisconsin-Madison “survey of more than 1,800 women,” found that “those whose diets were poor in fruits, vegetables and whole grains had a high risk of developing cataracts.” Separately, a preliminary study in the same journal found “a correlation between high levels of sun exposure combined with the taking of certain medicines,” including antibiotics and anti-depressants, “with cataract formation.” Another study in the same journal “shows a link between smoking and the development of one of the leading causes of blindness, age-related macular degeneration.”

Vigorous exercise may help prevent AMD, cataracts, studies suggest.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (2/10) Booster Shots blog, Jeannine Stein observed that, according to two studies published in the Jan. issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, “vigorous exercise…may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.” Both “studies looked at data from almost eight years of follow-up from the National Runners’ Health Study. In one, 110 men and 42 women received a clinical diagnosis of” AMD “during the follow-up.” But, “running an average of two to four kilometers a day reduced the risk by 19 percent, and running more than four kilometers per day reduced the risk by 42…to 54 percent, compared with those who ran less than two kilometers a day.” The second study found that men who “ran 64 or more kilometers a week had a 35 percent lower cataract risk than those who ran less than 16 kilometers per week,” and “those with better cardiovascular fitness were also at less risk than men who were less fit.”

Optometrist points out importance of eye examinations for aging eyes.

In the Ask an Optometrist column in Canada’s Midland Free Press (9/17), Lillian Linton, O.D. pointed out that “common eye conditions affecting” aging “baby boomers can include glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.” She reminded readers that the “only definitive way to diagnose your condition is to visit your optometrist to be tested.” Optometrists “use a number of techniques to assess any potential vision or eye health problems, and will keep a file of that information in order to keep track of changes in” future “eye health or vision.”

How eyes may change with age.

South Carolina’s Greenville News (9/9, Foley) reported that “eyes change as we age.” Bill Caldwell, M.D., explained that “presbyopia happens to almost everyone right about the time they turn 40.” Yet “another common age-related eye issue is a lack of sensitivity in the eyes. People have difficulty with color perception,” and “depth perception can be hampered.” Because “pupils get smaller” with increasing age, people “need more light to see well,” and also “need more time to adjust when changing from one extreme of either bright light or darkness to the other.” As the “lens of the eye naturally hardens with age,” cataracts form, with typical onset at “about age 60.” According to Dr. Caldwell, “macular degeneration usually begins with those 65 and older,” and “occurs when the macula, which is the central part of the retina, is damaged.” Glaucoma causes “damage to the optic nerve. It’s usually caused by a fluid buildup that exerts pressure on the eye.” To catch serious conditions early, Dr. Caldwell “suggests annual eye checkups.”

Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables may help protect against cataracts, AMD

The Miami Herald (8/25) reported that according to Harvard Medical School’s Healthbeat newsletter, “Carrots, which contain vitamin A, are one of several vegetables that are good for the eyes.” Even better are “fresh fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, which contain more antioxidant vitamins, such as C and E,” that “may help protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).”