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April 1948

SPECTRAL TRANSMISSION OF THE EYE TO ULTRAVIOLET RADIATIONS

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;39(4):508-513. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900020516005
Abstract

Quantitative determinations of the absorption of ultraviolet radiations by different structures of the eye are of importance, since various pathologic conditions, such as cataract,1 retinal damage2 and functional visual disturbances,3 have been variously ascribed to these radiations. The measurements of absorption of ultraviolet radiations by ocular media made heretofore have been limited to photographing narrow bands of radiations transmitted through the eye. As pointed out by the author of one of these papers,4 the data obtained by this means are qualitative, since it is difficult to estimate the proportion of the radiations which is transmitted through the ocular structures. In the present study quantitative information was obtained by measuring photoelectrically the fraction of radiation which was transmitted.

MATERIALS AND METHODS  All the measurements were made on the eyes of young adult albino rabbits, weighing approximately 2 Kg. Technics used in determining the absorption of ultraviolet radiations

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