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Prevent Blindness America Issues Call-to-Action to Make UV Eye Protection a National Health Priority
Date:9/29/2010

ventable impact of UV on eye health, and the importance of wearing eyewear such as sunglasses and photochromic lenses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays to reduce exposure.  Presenters also explained that the groups at highest risk for UV-related eye disease are often the least aware of the need for protection.  High-risk groups include Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans, as well as women, older Americans and children.  In addition, several of the presentations provided insights into the financial impact of UV-related eye disease on individuals, employers and the nation as a whole. Specific action urged by lawmakers includes:

  • Inclusion of UV eye protection messages in current and future government-funded education programs on related topics, such as eye- and overall- health or sun protection;
  • Research on the impact of UV on the eye as a topic of consideration for future government-funded efforts; and
  • Heightened awareness of role of vision wear in enhancing eye health and safety, as well as overall quality of life and productivity.

"We're at a critical juncture in our nation's health care system," said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "The decisions being made today about what is included in the health care policy will affect future generations and now is the time to ensure that eye health and UV protection are considered 'must-dos' in the health-care discussion."  

Additional presenters included Drusilla Hufford, director of the Stratospheric Protection Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Professor Kovin Naidoo, programs director for the International Center for Eyecare Education; ophthalmologist Vincent Young, chairman of the Albert Einstein Medical Center; Peter Kehoe, recent past president of the American Optometric Association; and optometrist Hector Santiago, p
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