London: The sun`s ultraviolet rays are 2.5times more dangerous in snow than on the beach, a recentJapanese study claimed.Scientists at Kanazawa Medical University found thathuman eyes were more likely to be damaged by UV rays whileskiing on the slopes in snow-covered areas compared to sittingon the beach.
With exposure to high levels of UV more harmful to eyesthan skin, he warned that in snow-covered areas, the rays cancause conditions such as snow blindness, which can lead toinflammation, cataracts and clouded lenses. The findings were supported by the Japan MeteorologicalAgency which found that the reflection ratio of UV light onbeaches was often between 10 to 25 per cent, compared to 80per cent in new snow areas.PTI
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