A report by The Vision Council (Alexandria, Va.) found that without protective measures, residents of some U.S. cities are at “very high or extreme risk” for ocular or skin damage as a result of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation at least one day out of every four, the council said. The report, “Hidden Dangers of UV: Keeping Your Eyes Safe,” details the factors that can increase exposure risks, discusses forecasts that reveal the intensity of solar UV in cities across the country, and offers tips for preventing UV-related vision problems. The report notes that of the 58 cities indexed by UV level by the National Weather Service, many have “very high or extreme” UV radiation levels “more than 20% of the year.” The report cites certain “surprise” UV-intensive cities, such as Wichita, Kan.; Boise, Idaho; and Norfolk, Va.
The report also offers tips for choosing an effective pair of sunglasses, including buying from reputable retailers, understanding lens color, selecting a design for maximum coverage, and more. To read the report, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/sunglasses.