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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as sunlight, is absorbed by the lens
of the eye and can lead to the formation of chemicals called free radicals
inside the lens. Over time, free radicals may damage the lens, causing
People exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight because of their
profession (such as agricultural workers), geographic area (such as sunny parts of the country), or use of tanning booths
or sunlamps may be more likely to form cataracts.
It is not known for sure whether reducing UV exposure helps
August 8, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
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