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Ocular exposure to UV-B in sunlight: the Melbourne Visual Impairment Project model

McCarty, C.A., Lee, S.E., Livingston, P.M., Bissinella, M. and Taylor, H.R. 1996, Ocular exposure to UV-B in sunlight: the Melbourne Visual Impairment Project model, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 74, no. 4, pp. 353-360.

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Title Ocular exposure to UV-B in sunlight: the Melbourne Visual Impairment Project model
Author(s) McCarty, C.A.
Lee, S.E.
Livingston, P.M.
Bissinella, M.
Taylor, H.R.
Journal name Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume number 74
Issue number 4
Start page 353
End page 360
Total pages 8
Publisher World Health Organization
Place of publication [Basel, Switzerland]
Publication date 1996
ISSN 0042-9686
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SCI
ULTRAVIOLET-RADIATION
Summary Quantification of ocular exposure to ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B) has become an important public health issue, with reports that the ozone layer is being depleted worldwide. Ocular exposure to UV-B is determined by ambient UV-B levels, the duration of outdoor exposure, the proportion of ambient UV-B that reaches the eye, and the use of ocular protection. We have developed a simplified model for quantifying lifetime ocular UV-B exposure that can be used in large epidemiological surveys. Exposure to UV-B is assessed and quantified using a model based on personal exposure over the six summer months. Data available for a population-based sample of 1150 people in the age range 40-98 years revealed a distribution in average annual lifetime ocular UV-B exposure similar to that reported in a previous study on which this model is based, and also demonstrate that people can recall lifetime personal behaviour related to ocular protection. It takes 12 minutes on average to collect these data. This model can be employed by researchers worldwide for uniform assessment of ocular UV-B exposure.
Language eng
Field of Research 111399 Ophthalmology and Optometry not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1996, World Health Organization
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081873

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