Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Wear Your Sunglasses!

Many RTs spend a lot of time in the summer sun. They should wear sunglasses -- and they should make sure their clients wear sunglasses -- according to a report from Lighthouse that follows below:

While many people know that unprotected exposure to the sun can cause damage to the skin, unprotected exposure to the sun can also harm the eyes.

According to Dr. Bruce P. Rosenthal OD, Chief of Low Vision Programs at Lighthouse International, "Research shows that only one in six Americans wear sunglasses when they are in the sun for long periods of time, yet people who spend excessive hours in the summer sun have an increased risk in later life of developing age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration as well as cataracts and corneal problems. All of which cause low vision and potential blindness. Sunglasses are vital because they keep certain wavelengths of light from entering the eye. They can also reduce the amount of light entering the eye, protect against harmful UV light, decrease glare and increase contrast."


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