Ozone depletion: the ocular effects of UV-B exposure
AuthorTaylor, Hugh R.; McCarty, Catherine A.
Source TitleCancer Forum
PublisherCancer Council Australia
AffiliationMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences: Centre for Eye Research Australia
School of Medicine: Ophthalmology
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsTaylor, H. R., & McCarty, C. A. (1996). Ozone depletion: the ocular effects of UV-B exposure. Cancer Forum, 20(3),223-225.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher's version of an article published in Cancer Forum 1996 published by Cancer Council Australia. This version is reproduced with permission from the publisher. http://www.cancerforum.org.au/aboutcancerforum.htm
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.
KeywordsCERA; ophthalmology; Centre for Eye Research Australia; eye research; vision; visual health; cancer
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