The risk was found to be amplified for individuals with fair or light skin (Caucasian):
“Skin with sparse melanin and a thin dermis allows NIR to penetrate deeper into tissue than skin with dense melanin and a thick dermis (Tanaka, 2011c; Tanaka, 2012a, b). The mean area of the facial surface that is covered with wrinkles is significantly larger in Caucasians than in African Americans, and characteristics of age-related periorbital changes seem to occur at a more accelerated rate in Caucasians (Odunze, 2008). In addition, fair skin is more sensitive to skin aging (Guinot, 2002; Nagashima, 1999).”
Researchers also found that sunscreen is ineffective on this type of ageing, as it does not block NIR, only UV. But anti-ageing glasses
provide your eyes with real protection from these harmful rays.
It doesn’t get more watertight than that – and this isn’t the only study I’ve found referencing the anti-ageing capabilities of these fabulous lenses (I’ve included a handy link library at the bottom of this piece, if you’re interested in further reading). Pretty promising!