Reflected UV light is dangerous, too

  • Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses is not only important for protecting eyes from direct sunlight, but reflected sunlight as well, according to the Vision Council, a nonprofit representing the optical industry.

According to a report the Vision Council will release this week, ground surfaces can reflect and redirect high amounts of ultraviolet rays, even in the shade. Here are some examples:

Water reflects up to 100 percent of UV light.

Snow up to 85 percent.

Dry sand and concrete up to 25 percent.

Even grass can reflect up to 3 percent.

The Vision Council

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