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Multi centric collaborative study on the impact of global warming and Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) exposure on ocular health in India PDF Print

This four year multi-centric study (2010-2014) is being conducted at 3 locations in the country – Dr R.P.Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences (AIIMS) is the overall coordinating Centre and will cover the northern plains of India; The Regional Institute of Ophthalmology at Guwahati will cover the north eastern region while the SACDIV (PHFI) along with PVRI Hospital (Hyderabad) will cover the coastal plains of the southern part of the country.

The purpose of the proposed research is to undertake a case study in these three regions of the country to assess the impact of increased UVR on prevalence of cataract, dry eye, pterygium in people >40 yrs old and allergic disorders in children between 5-15 yrs of age. For this purpose, the relevant data on ozone and UVR will be collected through satellite measurements and the medical data will be collected through Risk Assessment. The study will be undertaken using a mix of retrospective and prospective study designs. In addition, it is proposed to undertake a prospective study of a longitudinal nature to estimate the incidence of ocular conditions which are likely to be affected by climate change.


Principal Investigator: G. V. S. Murthy
Co – Principal Investigator: Neena John
Project Duration: 2010 – 2014
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