An analysis of data from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other sources suggests that nearly one in five U.s. adults wear tactical visors in some capacity, according to a study released Wednesday by the American Medical Association.
The survey also found that nearly half of the respondents were at least partially or fully able to remove the visor when the sun went down.
The AMA says this is the first survey of its kind that has collected data on the use of tactical helmets among adults in the U.A.M.A.’s report says the findings, which are based on the responses of nearly 4,000 adults in 2012, show a significant rise in use of visors among the population.
The findings are based only on those who wore tactical helmets in 2012 and have not yet been analyzed for possible confounding factors.
The report said the increase in tactical visor use has been driven in part by the growing popularity of military-style helmets, which were introduced into the market in the 1980s and 1990s.
The helmets can be worn to reduce the risk of serious head injury by deflecting the rays of the sun onto the wearer’s face.
The helmet comes with a built-in light source that is activated by the wearer.
The AMA says the number of people who wear the helmets has increased substantially in recent years, largely because of the popularity of the military-styled helmets.
“The helmet has been shown to be effective at protecting against UV rays, and helmets are associated with better eye protection and reduced eye strain,” the report said.
The average age of respondents was 41 years old, up from 34 in 2012.
Among men, the number was 40, up slightly from 32.
Among women, the average age was 38, up significantly from 33.
The percentage of people wearing the helmet decreased, but the proportion of those who said they used it in an emergency situation rose, from 22 percent to 25 percent.
“Our results suggest that the number and types of tactical visored gear worn by the population are increasing,” the AMA report said, noting that the increased use has increased the incidence of eye injuries in the workplace, as well as the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries.
The majority of the people surveyed said they use tactical visoring at least occasionally.