Glassblower's cataract

Glassblower's cataracts are a form of cataract. They are formed by many years or decades of exposure to infrared radiation while working in the occupation of glass blowing, or working close to hot or molten metals such with metal foundry workers[1] or blacksmiths. Glassblower's cataracts are due to chronic exposure to infrared radiation emitted due to heating of glass or molten metal. The infrared radiation is absorbed by the iris and lens of the eye. This causes cataracts after decades of exposure. [2] This condition may be prevented by wearing protective glasses while practicing these occupations. [3]


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  2. Geddes, LA; Roeder, RA (2006). Handbook of Electrical Hazards and Accidents (2nd ed.). Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company. p. 465. ISBN 978-0913875445.
  3. Jeff Zamek (2009). "Eye Protection in the Pottery Studio". Ceramic Arts Daily. Ceramic Arts Daily. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
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