Alexandria, VA (August, 2014) – In a briefing on Capitol Hill, The Vision Council addressed concerns of ultraviolet (UV) exposure to vision health, including serious long and short term problems. Justin Bazan, OD, owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, NY, and active member of The Vision Council’s medical advisory team, will educate attendees about the dangerous effects UV rays can have on the eyes and establish the importance of educating the public about how they can protect their vision.
With the summer season winding down, it’s important to remember that Americans must take appropriate measures to protect their eyes from harmful UV radiation year-round. 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.”
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% of adults do not protect their eyes simply because they forget to wear sunglasses. This educational briefing will address serious vision disorders that can occur from UV exposure, including cataracts, abnormal eye growths, cancer of the eye, and macular degeneration – a major cause of vision loss in Americans – and discuss the importance protecting eye health through the use of UV-protective eyewear.
About The Vision Council
Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and health benefits, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about eyeglasses and sunglasses. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org.