UV Keratitis

12 Jun


UV light exposure causes irradiation of eyes. (other than sandy beachgoers, think of welders, snowblind, etc).


Epithelial surface becomes desquamated.


Symptoms start 6-12 hrs after initial insult.  Latency is characteristic.


Usually BL eye pain, injection, inability to open eyes.  Foreign body sensation.


Use fluorescein staining, ensure no FB.


Treat supportively with antibiotic ointment/drops (e.g. erythromycin), pain meds, and sunglasses.


Submitted by J. Rothstein.


References: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/799025-overview; picture


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