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article imageDriving this summer? Watch out for the left side Special

By Tim Sandle     Jun 5, 2014 in Health
Beverly Hills - The “Summer Sun” is starting to beat down and keeping sunscreen on while outdoors is on the many people’s minds. What about in the car? A leading doctor has contacted Digital Journal to explain why this is important.
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, a leading Beverly Hills eye surgeon, has spoken with Digital Journal to explain some alarming facts about driving, the summer, cancer and eye diseases.
Dr. Boxer Wachler has noticed, through years of practice that cataracts occurred much more frequently and severely in the left eyes of his patients than right eyes. Curious, Dr. Boxer Wachler began researching this phenomenon and came across a study published last year which found that skin cancer also occurs more frequently on the left side of the body than the right.
The study is titled “Increased prevalence of left-sided skin cancers” and it was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Because ultra violet (UV) ray damage plays a significant role in both the development of cataracts and skin cancer, Dr. Boxer Wachler explains that he decided to conduct an experiment which led to some surprising and scary findings about our cars. This is the one place we get the most UV light exposure on the left side of our body.
Using a portable UV reader, Dr. Boxer Wachler went to several Los Angeles car dealerships, measuring the UV radiation levels getting through the driver’s side window and onto a person’s skin. He tested 31 car models from various years of production. Dr. Boxer Wachler found that the front windshield provided an average of 96% UV protection, ranging from 95-98 percent.
However, with the driver’s side window he discovered an alarming average of 71% UV radiation protection, with a wide range all the way from 55 percent to 96 percent.
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler concludes that his finding show the importance of not only wearing sunscreen while playing outside, but also of protecting yourself while behind the wheel.
Based on his research, Dr. Boxer Walcher offers the following advice to readers:
“Protect your eyes and skin from the sun this summer while behind the wheel, such as always wear sunscreen while driving your car this summer; consider purchasing a clear UV film for your car’s side windows to block UV radiation from damaging your skin and eyes; wear wrap-around sunglasses to keep the rays from getting in through the sides of your glasses.”
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