The vision of climate change

April 12, 2008

An expert from the Fred Hollows Foundations announced in a statment to mark this years World Health Day that increased levels of ultraviolet rays due to climate change are putting people at risk of developing cataracts.


World Health Day this year on the 7th April marked the World Health Organization’s 60th birthday which was themed “protecting health from climate change”. Cataract blindness and many other health issues such as infectious and respiratory diseases were raised in relation to climate change at the World Health Day events.


Age, smoking and UV exposure are the main factors of cataract blindness. A spokeswoman from the foundation explained that the depletion of the ozone layer caused by climate change leads to increased UV ray exposure and therefore an increased risk of developing cataracts.


The Hollows Foundation claimed that cataracts are responsible for almost 50% of cases of avoidable blindness. Figures have also found that those most at risk of developing cataracts are those not able to access services that help reverse the condition.


Dr Andreas Mueller, the foundations research coordinator said that those who develop cataracts are unaware that their eyesight can be restored “they don’t think there’s anything unusual with the fact that when you get older you get less vision and you lose your ability to see really well”.


Mueller stressed that it is vital for those who spend long periods of time out in the sun, especially children, to use “good sun protection”. Simple solutions such as a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses could help lower the risk of developing cataracts, a message Mueller “would like to see getting out to people”.


2 Responses to “The vision of climate change”

  1. A great fund raising site for World Vision is is a dual-purpose site for building an English vocabulary and raising money for under privileged children in the most impoverished places around the world.

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  2. Where did this anonymous “expert” announce it? Link. ANd name him earlier.

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