Remember, July Is #UV Safety Awareness Month

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Vision Expo is reminding the optical industry that July is UV Safety Awareness month. Here are a few facts: the sun emits three kinds of ultraviolet radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVC is absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, UVB radiation is only partially blocked and can burn the skin and eyes. UVA rays are not filtered and cause the most damage to vision health, according to the World Health Organization. The Vision Council’s most recent VisionWatch survey reveals American adults experience symptoms—like irritation in the eye (15.5 percent), trouble seeing (13.5 percent), wrinkles around the eye (8.3 percent), red or swollen eyes (5.9 percent), sunburn on the eyelids (3.7 percent), sunburn of the eye (2.5 percent) and cancer on or around the eye (.6 percent)—from prolonged UV exposure. Read More.