Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UV Protection Drive Moves Ahead

The Vision Care Institute, a Johnson & Johnson Co., has released a UV Protection App that reportedly will help eye care professionals educate patients about the causes and effects of UV exposure and steps they can take to help protect their eyes. Australians have been using a similar app call SunSmart for years. Meanwhile the Vision Council and the AAO are pushing the need for UV protection on the consumer level. “Less than half of parents enforce sunglass use for their children, according to recent surveys by the Vision Council, a trade group, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology,” goes an excellent story in the Wall Street Journal about UV protection and dangers. “Years of overexposure can lead to cancer of the eye or eyelid. It has also been linked to an increased risk later in life for cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye, and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults. About half of Americans have lighter colored eyes that make them more susceptible to UV-related damage.” Read more or print out for your patients.

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