SPARE YOUR SIGHT: Using Shades for Protection and Style - 2016 UV Protection Report
Because long-term UV damage is cumulative and irreversible, it is important to begin protective eyewear habits early; research has shown that young eyes are especially susceptible to UV-related harm.
Even though 75 percent of Americans report having concerns about UV eye exposure, less than one-third (31 percent) wear sunglasses every time they go outside.
The time of day that people choose to spend outdoors contributes to the risk of UV damage – more than one third of adults go outside between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m., when UV exposure is at its highest.
Teens and young adults are considered an at-risk age group for sun damage to the eye because the older they get, the less likely they are to use UV protection.
More than 1 in 3 adults have experienced symptoms from unprotected UV exposure.