UV rays don’t take winter holidays
Wednesday, February 6 2013 | 00 h 00 min | News
A new study by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care shows that 90% of patients only feel exposed to UV rays in summer.
Only 6% of respondents thought to protect themselves from UV rays on cloudy days. Daska Barnett, optometrist and director at Specs of Kensington, reminds people that the dangers of UV rays still exist in winter, when half of the UV radiation our eyes receive comes from indirect sources, such as reflections from ice and snow on the ground.
“Not only can UV rays pierce cloud cover, they reflect off all surfaces in any weather,” he adds. “New research shows eyes are particularly vulnerable to UV light exposure in the early morning and late afternoon, when people least expect it.”
According to him, it is therefore necessary to build a dialogue with patients, not only to educate them on the dangers to their health but to ensure they make a well-informed decision on the right product to help protect their eyes.