By Marzella Sigai
Millions of adults have ‘no idea’ UV rays can damage their eyes, a study found.
Nearly a quarter would only associate UV radiation damage with sunburn, with half believing exposure to UV rays is at its highest during the summertime.
It highlights while the majority of people believe the eyes are one of the most sensitive areas, they aren’t taking any precautions.
Thirteen per cent don’t see protecting their eyes as a priority, and a shocking one in 20 simply ‘don’t care’.
Yet more than half will make efforts to protect their skin from sun damage by wearing a moisturiser containing SPF.
Even those with the opportunity to protect their eyes daily by wearing clear lens spectacles do not take the right precautions.
When choosing a pair of glasses, more than half of wearers will prioritise comfort and fashion over the UV protection provided.
The industry standard is to provide protection against UV rays up to 380nm yet leading health organisations define UV radiation as up to 400nm.
Glasses can offer some UV protection, but the majority of clear lenses don’t offer full protection and most consumers are unaware of the UV protection offered by their lenses.
However, the damage cannot be reversed, so, the best approach is to protect the eyes and surrounding skin from UV radiation. – vivamanchester.co