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Is Sunbathing In Snow Dangerous Than On Beaches?

Sun lovers have fresh heat to face because Japanese scientists have found that the ultraviolet rays are 2.5 times more dangerous in snow than on the beach.

On comparing the levels of UV rays on freshly fallen snow on a cross country ski trail to an artificial sand beach it was found that the ray on the snow was much higher than that on the beach.

Experts say that human eyes are more likely to be damaged by UV rays while skiing on the slopes in snow covered areas than lazing on the beach.

The reflection ratio of UV light on the beaches is between 10 to 25 per cent when compared to 80 per cent in the snowy areas. The ophthalmologists recommend the use of sunglasses in snow covered areas.

The experts further warn about the damages caused by the UV rays including artificial sand beach,cataract,eye care,ophthalmologists,snowfall,ultraviolet light, which can lead to inflammation, cataracts and clouded lenses.

Story first published: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 16:40 [IST]