Ozone depletion: The ocular effects of UV-B exposure

H. Taylor, C. McCarty

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Cataract is the most important eye disease associated with increased ocular exposure to UV-B. Biochemical and experimental evidence clearly links the development of cataract to UV-B exposure. Because of the difficulties in ascertaining individual ocular UV-B exposure over a lifetime, epidemiologic data have been much more limited. However, a number of epidemiologic studies have shown a consistent association between excess UV-B exposure and cortical cataracts, one of the major types of age-related cataract. These data provide the basis to recommend avoidance of unnecessary exposure of the eye to UV-B radiation, whether by avoiding outdoor activities in the middle of the day, or by protecting the eye by wearing a hat and/or UV-B absorbing eye glasses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-225
Number of pages3
JournalCancer Forum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996


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