Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sunglasses -- More than a Cool Pair of Shades

One of the reasons I like working with Googlers is that nothing that I say is taken at face value. This helps me to try to stay sharp. Not even my friends at Google cut me a break. I was walking outside in the bright California sun with my friend Simon when I asked him why was he not wearing his sunglasses, and didn't he want to protect his eyes from cataracts. Rather than simply agreeing with me, Simon wanted data. (Ok, maybe that's what I get for lecturing).

So here is the data. According to the US Preventive Services Task Forces "the prevalence of cataract increases with age. In persons aged 55-64 years, the Beaver Dam Eye Study found 33% with early cataract and 6% with late cataract in persons over 75 years these prevalences were 37% and 52%".

According to the National Eye Institute UV-B radiation from sunlight can increase the risk of cataracts, and it is suggested that wearing sunglasses that block UV light and/or a hat with a brim may help reduce the risk of developing cataracts. At least Simon wears the hat.

References: Please see specific links.
To read this in Farsi, click here.

14 comments:

hamid said...

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درموردنامه مهرآمیزشمامتشکرهستم نظرلطفتون هست افتخارمن هست که ازوبلاگ من دیدن میکنید درموردطراحی وبلاگ شماباید بگم ازنظرطراحی خیلی جالب نیست خودتون بهترمی دونید مخاطب چشمش صفحه ی وب رونگاه میکنه وعوامل رنگ خیلی درحوصله به خرج دادن کاربرخیلی موثرمیباشدنمیخوام فوضولی کنم شماخودتون استادهستین ولی بدونیدطراحی تک شمارومتمایزازبقیه میکند.امیدوارم بازبتونم باشماارتباط برقرار کنم خوشحالازاین هستم که با شما مکاتبه میکنم قربان شما

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Brad said...

Really cool blog Dr. Taraneh Razavi.

Brad said...

I am Brad think that working with such a big company like google makes you really special and there is no one around who can really ignore you.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention help prevent Macular Degeneration

Notta Wallflower said...

I was told to wear sunglasses because my eyes are pale and subject to more damage from the sun than dark eyes. Is that true?

nahuris said...

so u are in google?...sweet and short article...great....Sunglasses are also known to protect pterygium too...

Anonymous said...

Never knew about pterygium. Thanks Nahuris

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

Hi Notta

Yes, there is some truth to that. The darker pigment helps protect against the UV light just as it does in the skin.

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

Hi Brad

It's not our place of work that makes us special but how we effect other people's lives. We can do that from any where and in many ways. I think what you are doing with your blog to help people is cool. I wish you good luck with your efforts.

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

Thanks Nahuris. I love the pictures on your site which by the way is very sophisticated. One of these days I will have to learn to do a better web page or at least get one of the googlers to help me do it. Yes, I'm at google.

Mario Oly said...

I am afraid too,because I live in California and most of the time the sun is very bright.

Also I am a welder!

Mario Oly

Anonymous said...

8)

PHORA-HR / SF-HR

seyma said...

thanks for informations.

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