Shock results from new research
19th July 2022
Nearly half of adults never wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun. That’s the shocking result of a poll of 2000 adults commissioned by the charity Guide Dogs (The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association). More alarming still, the research showed that a third of 18-24 year-olds never wear sunglasses when it’s bright out, and only one in five adults are aware that this could lead to eye problems later in life. Surprisingly the research revealed that young people are less likely to wear sunglasses than older generations.
Pete Osborne, chief operations officer at Guide Dogs, said: “With an estimated six million people in the UK living with sight-threatening eye conditions, looking after your eyes is so important.
“We recommend people prioritise their eye health and get into good habits – such as wearing sunglasses and booking regular eye tests”.Pete Osborne, chief operations officer at Guide Dogs
The simple precaution of wearing sunglasses with a UV filter from a very early age will help prevent serious eye heaths issues later in life like age-related macular degeneration (sight loss) and cataracts (a clouding of the lens in the eye that reduces vision).
Read more about why you should wear sunglasses.