Albedo concentration in the anterior eye: a phenomenon that locates some solar diseases

Ophthalmic Surg. 1990 Jan;21(1):60-6.


I describe concentrations of reflected solar radiation (albedo) found at the usual sites of various conditions associated with exposure to the sun--pterygium, pinguecula, climatic droplet keratopathy and cataract and eyelid malignancy. Since the degree of limbal albedo concentration appears to be related to corneal curvature, patients at risk can be identified by a simple test and preventative measures taken.

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Eye Segment* / radiation effects
  • Cataract / diagnosis
  • Cataract / etiology
  • Conjunctival Diseases / diagnosis
  • Conjunctival Diseases / etiology
  • Corneal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Corneal Diseases / etiology
  • Humans
  • Pterygium / diagnosis
  • Pterygium / etiology
  • Random Allocation
  • Risk Factors
  • Scattering, Radiation
  • Sunlight* / adverse effects