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Photokeratitis (sunburned corneas)

I had a patient call emergently this weekend with this exact condition…Photokeratitis or ultraviolet keratitis.

Photokeratitis is a painful eye condition caused by exposure of INSUFFICIENTLY PROTECTED EYES to the ultraviolet (UV) rays from either natura…l(SUN) or artificial(welders flash) sources.

Photokeratitis is akin to a sunburn of the cornea and conjunctiva, and is not usually noticed until several hours after exposure. Symptoms include increased tears and a feeling of PAIN, likened to having sand in the eyes.

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