Spectacles, Ultraviolet Radiation, and Formation of Cataracts

Antony F. Mcdonagh, Marie L. Nguyen, Hugh R. Taylor, Sheila West, Sidney Lerman

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To the Editor: An article1 and editorial2 in the December 1 issue emphasized the damaging effects that excessive exposure to ambient solar ultraviolet radiation can have on the eye. As chemists, we were surprised to read in the editorial that “ordinary eyeglasses do not appreciably absorb radiation between 300 and 44 nm” and in a subsequent reply to a puzzled correspondent (May 11 issue)3 that “ordinary glasses, particularly those with clear plastic lenses, will transmit at least 80 percent of ultraviolet B radiation.” Incredulity prompted measurements, and these confirmed our hunch that the statements quoted are not generally true and,…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1478-1479
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 23 1989

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  • Medicine(all)


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