Public Unaware of UV Risks Associated with Common Drugs

More than half of sunglass buyers don’t check for protection.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has released results of a Harris Poll showing that a majority of Americans are unaware that taking certain common drugs and having light-colored eyes can make people more vulnerable to UV exposure. Of more than 2,000 adults surveyed, 49 percent are unaware or do not believe those medications can cause photosensitivity, and only 29 percent know that light-colored eyes can make individuals more vulnerable to UV radiation. While the survey found that 83 percent of Americans wear sunglasses, only half (47 percent) said they check for a UV protection label before buying them. Also, less than a third (32 percent) make their kids wear UV-blocking sunglasses.

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