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Current status of photoprotection by window glass, automobile glass, window films, and sunglasses.
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PMID:  23458389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has known adverse effects on the skin and eyes. Practitioners are becoming more aware of the importance of outdoor photoprotection. However, little attention is directed to the exposure of the skin and eyes to UVR through the window glass or sunglasses. The amount of ultraviolet transmission through glass depends mainly on the type of the glass. All types of commercial and automobile glass block the majority of ultraviolet-B; however, the degree of ultraviolet-A transmission depends on the type of glass. Laminated glass offers better UVA protection than tempered glass; new safety regulations for automobiles may result in increased use of laminated glass for side windows. Window films can be applied to glass to increase UVR protection. Sunglasses need to be compliant with one of the national standards; a wraparound style or side shields offer the best protection. Increased understanding by practitioners on the transmission of UVR through glass, window films, and sunglasses would allow them to better educate the public and to better manage photosensitive patients.
Fahad Almutawa; Robert Vandal; Steven Q Wang; Henry W Lim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Photodermatology, photoimmunology & photomedicine     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1600-0781     ISO Abbreviation:  Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9013641     Medline TA:  Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  65-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA.
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