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Ozone depletion will bring big rise in number of cataracts

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7528.1292-d (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1292
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Ozone depletion may result in up to 830 000 additional cases of cataract by 2050 in the United States, new research shows.

    The excess cost of such a rise in the number of cases would be $2.8bn (£1.6bn; £2.4bn), say the authors of the report in the American Journal of Epidemiology (2005;162:1080-8).

    “We believe that our estimates represent the most reasonable model to date of an ocular health effect and the consequences of ozone depletion. This model demonstrates the magnitude of the increase in cortical …

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