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Are low-level UV bulbs dangerous or detrimental to ones eyes?

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Are low-level UV bulbs dangerous or detrimental to one's eyes? Is it safe to leave a 4 watt UV bulb on in my living room?

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

Yes low level UV bulbs also can be harmful to your eyes.

mysticdoc :

As per studies, at a minimum distance of 30 cm, the safe level of radiation may be exceeded after about 4 hours.

mysticdoc :

Hence, it is better to switch off the light after the recommended time limit.

Customer:

Thats a good answer. Can it be assumed or inferred from the studies that if one's eyes are more than 30cm away from the bulb that it is relatively safe? What are possible detrimental effects?

mysticdoc :

yes correct

mysticdoc :

the effects can be numerous like increased risk of damage to the retina, blindness, risk of cancer.

Customer:

Ie: if I am sitting in the living room and the bulb is in the kitchen adjacent, it is probably relatively safe?

mysticdoc :

yes it is

mysticdoc :

still, maximum exposure should be limited to 6 hours.

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