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Br J Dermatol. 1988 Feb;118(2):247-53.

The suitability of sunglasses used by patients following ingestion of psoralen.

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Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-Engineering, West of Scotland Health Boards, Glasgow, U.K.


We have investigated the types of eyewear which patients on photochemotherapy have obtained, and determined their suitability for providing adequate protection. Fifty-eight pairs of sunglasses from 53 patients were assessed. Spectral transmission was measured between 200 nm and 800 nm at 10 nm intervals. Thirty-eight pairs of glasses (66%) were found to be satisfactory. Particularly high UV transmission was recorded in 11 cases (19%), highlighting the need for increased awareness of the problem of ensuring that suitable protective eyewear is used.

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