IWFA Warns Consumers of Indoor Sun Exposure and Cataract Risk

December 20th, 2012 | Category: Industry News

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has issued a release discussing the dangers of household sun exposure and increased risk for cataracts.

The release says, “According to Prevent Blindness America, there is a 19 percent increase in cataracts in the U.S. in the 40 plus age-range, totaling some 24,409,978 million people. An estimated 20 percent of the cases, or about 5 million people, are from long-term UV exposure, according to the World Health Organization.”

Additionally, the IWFA notes that as baby boomers continue to stay in their own homes longer, the added UV exposure increases the risk of developing cataracts.

“With more people choosing to stay in their homes and remodel them to accommodate their needs as they age, updating windows with window film will prevent UV exposure and allow natural light to penetrate the living space without harm. Window film blocks up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays,” says Darrell Smith, executive director for the IWFA.

The IWFA further cites an AARP survey showing the majority of baby boomers, a generation the IWFA says is turning 65 every 8 seconds, are planning age in their own homes.

View the full release here.

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