The “Summer Sun” is beating down on folks across the country, and I’d venture a guess that keeping sunscreen on while outdoors is on the forefront of many people’s minds. I’d also venture a guess that your audience would be shocked to learn that wearing a seatbelt while driving in the summer isn’t the only thing they should be putting on to protect themselves.
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, a leading Beverly Hills eye surgeon, noticed through years of practice that ‘cataracts occurred much more frequently and severely in the left eyes ‘of his patients than right eyes. Curious, Dr. Boxer Wachler began researching this phenomenon and came across a study published last year which found that skin cancer also occurs more frequently on the left side of the body than the right. Because UV ray damage plays a significant role in both the development of cataracts and skin cancer, Dr. Boxer Wachler decided to conduct a little experiment which led to some surprising and scary findings about our cars – the one place we get the most UV exposure on the left side of our body.
Taking a portable UV reader , Dr. Boxer Wachler went to several Los Angeles car dealerships, measuring the UV radiation levels getting through the driver’s side window and onto a person’s skin. He tested 31 car models from various years of production. Dr. Boxer Wachler found that the front windshield provided an average of 96% UV protection,ranging from 95-98%. The driver’s side window? A alarming average of 71%UV radiation protection, with a wide range all the way from 55% to 96%.
These sample finding show the importance of not only wearing sunscreen while playing outside, but also of protecting yourself while behind the wheel.
Tips to protect your eyes and skin from the sun this summer while behind the wheel, such as:
- Always wear sunscreen while driving your car this summer
- Consider purchasing a clear UV film for your car’s side windows to block UV radiation from damaging your skin and eyes
- Wearing wrap-around sunglasses to keep the rays from getting in through the sides of your glasses