The world’s most popular sport sunglasses are a common sight in stores and sporting events around the world.
But in recent years, they’ve become a source of concern for many consumers.
A new study published this week by researchers at Columbia University in New York suggests that many consumers are unknowingly spreading the glass-slipper problem.
“There is no silver bullet,” said Dr. Mark A. Shackelford, a senior scientist in the Columbia University Department of Epidemiology and Prevention.
“But we think there is a strategy that can help.”
The study, which focused on sunglasses made by British-based brand Glide, found that among consumers who purchased a pair of sunglasses between the ages of 12 and 26, two-thirds said they had no knowledge of the plastic-glass-slippers problem.
“This is a concern,” Shackelford said.
“We believe that consumers need to be educated about the risks associated with these slippers.”
While the study found that about two-fifths of Glide’s sales in 2015 were made outside the U.S., the researchers note that the company did not provide any information about the extent to which the slippers were made in the U and abroad.
Shacoel said the study is just one step in the study and does not address the larger problem of slippers being used in unsafe ways.
“We believe it is important to highlight that there are still large segments of the population who are unknowing of the risks,” he said.
Shackelfords study also found that the majority of people who purchased sunglasses with glass slipper inserts were female and were over 40 years old.
It was also found, however, that the slipper problem was not widespread among women, regardless of whether they were wearing them in a men’s or women’s environment.
“It is clear that this is a problem,” Shacoep said.
The research, published in the journal Epidemiology, is just the latest piece of research to highlight the need for awareness and education about the potential dangers of slipper use.
Shafelts study also focused on the growing market for glass slippers made by the Swiss-based company Wieden+Kennedy, which has a global business empire worth $4 billion.
Shafeltons study, like many others, focused on Glide products made by Wiedens luxury eyewear brand, while also looking at the potential of SlipperSafe glasses by Lomography, a company that makes slipper-resistant glasses and covers them with an adhesive.
“The potential for this is huge,” Shafell said.
It could be the future of glasses, he said, or it could just be a case of people not knowing the risks of their products.