Journal article

Pterygium and conjunctival ultraviolet autofluorescence in young Australian adults: the Raine study

Charlotte M McKnight, Justin C Sherwin, Seyhan Yazar, Hannah Forward, Alex X Tan, Alex W Hewitt, Elliot Smith, David Turton, Pippa Byrd, Craig E Pennell, Minas T Coroneo, David A Mackey

Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology | WILEY | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: Sun exposure is associated with several ophthalmic diseases, including pterygium which may develop in adolescence. This study reports the prevalence of pterygium and its associations in a large cohort of young Australian adults. Conjunctival ultraviolet autofluorescence, a biomarker of ocular sun exposure, has recently been characterized in some Australian populations. DESIGN: Cross-sectional population-based study. PARTICIPANTS: One thousand three hundred forty-four subjects aged 18-22 years in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study. METHODS: Standardized colour and ultraviolet autofluorescence photographs of the nasal and temporal conjunctiva were taken, and asse..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for the long-term contribution to funding the study over the last 20 years and to The University of Western Australia (UWA), Raine Medical Research Foundation, UWA Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, The Women and Infants Research Foundation and Curtin University for providing funding for Core Management. The ophthalmic follow-up was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council grant number 1003195, Alcon Research Institute, Telethon, Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia and Australian Foundation for Prevention of Blindness Trust.