Saturday, May 3, 2014

Americans Unware of Medication Effects on Eye Health

“The American Academy of Ophthalmology has released results of a Harris Poll that shows that a majority of Americans are unaware that taking common drugs and having light-colored eyes can make people more vulnerable to UV exposure, a contributing factor to certain eye diseases and conditions,” reports Medical News Today.

The academy “commissioned a national Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults. The results revealed two major gaps in UV safety knowledge:

  • “One-third of adults use medications that may increase photosensitivity, or increased susceptibility to damage from UV rays. However, 49 percent are unaware or do not believe those medications can cause photosentisity. These photosenitizing drugs include antibiotics containing tetracycline or floroquinolones (like Cipro), some birth controla nd estrogen pills, and certain anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil) and noproxen sodium (Aleve).
  • “More than half (54 percent) of Americans have light-colored eyes (blue, green or hazel). Yet, only 1 in 3 (32 percent) of those with light eyes and 29 percent of all polled know light eyes are more susceptible to UV damage. While people with eyes of any color can develop UV-related eye diseases, light eyes and sun exposure are associated with an increased risk of rare eye cancers, such as iris and uveal melanomas.” Read more.

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