UV Keratitis

12 Jun

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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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