Sunday, July 20, 2014
Light-Colored Eyes and Meds Increase Dangers of UV Light
Individuals with light-colored eyes or taking common OTC medications are at higher risk for UV damage, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The study, which involved more than 2,000 adults, found that the combination of light eyes and sun exposure can increase the risk of developing rare eye cancers. The study also found that approximately one-third of American adults take medications that can increase their susceptibility to damage from the sun's UV rays. Of this number, only about half of these adults were aware that medications such as antibiotics with tetracycline, birth control pills, and pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can cause photosensitivity. Read more.