A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that nearly one in five Americans, or about 3.2 million people, are wearing sunglasses at all times, according to a statement from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
“We are concerned that many of these patients may be at increased risk of developing keratoconus,” the association wrote.
“Although these findings are important, they are likely under-estimated because many consumers do not wear glasses.”
The association’s statement added that the findings also suggest that wearing sunglasses may not be as important as consumers have thought.
“Some consumers may wear them more than others, and it may be that these effects are more apparent for older adults,” it said.
According to the association, about 80% of people wearing glasses in the U.S. do so every day, and that many people have a natural tendency to keep them on.
However, people are often concerned about the safety of wearing sunglasses on their faces.
The U.K. has long been criticized for its high rates of keratosis pilaris, a condition in which the eyelashes and eyelashes of some people become so swollen and infected that the outer layer of skin on the inner ear is damaged.
“It’s an infection that is not treated and can cause damage to the outer ear, particularly to the cornea,” said Dr. Paul M. Taylor, associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Cambridge and the co-author of a study on the condition, published in Otolarysis International.
Taylor said that a study of about 2,000 people in the United Kingdom found that nearly 40% of those wearing sunglasses had the condition.
The association added that more studies are needed to better understand the potential risk of wearing glasses to reduce keratoses.
In addition to the American Association of Ocular Surgeons, the American Ophthalmic Association and the American College of Ophthems also released statements Tuesday about keratitis pilarIS.