Protecting Patients from Ultraviolet Radiation

Karl Citek, OD, PhD, FAOO

COPE #15719-GO

Expires April 1, 2009

3 credits, $59

Section: Ocular Damage and Trauma


Paraphrasing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, "Melanomas, pterygia, conjunctivitis, keratitis, cataracts, and macular degenerations, oh my!" But instead of scary imaginary lions, and tigers, and bears that lived in the Kingdom of Oz, these are just some of the scary (and very real) eye conditions that can be caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

This course will describe the occurrence of UV in natural and artificial lighting environments, the effects of UV on biological tissues in and around the eye, the use of materials and products that reduce skin and ocular exposure to UV, and how to treat patients who have been exposed to UV.

For the interested reader, an extensive overview of electromagnetic radiation is also included as an appendix, which may be consulted regarding definitions of concepts, terms, and units.