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welder’s eye

Acute inflammation of the cornea as a result of exposure of the eye to ultraviolet radiation, as from arc welding and UV lamps; a form of ophthalmia. It causes damage to the cornea which becomes evident 6 to 12 hours after exposure to the UV light. The eye can also be exposed to excessive quantities of UV light in winter sports, causing a similar condition. Welder’s eye is extremely painful. The eye is red, weeps and is excessively sensitive to light; small pinpoint damaged spots can be seen on the cornea. The condition is easily prevented by wearing protective goggles. No special treatment is needed other than painkillers; the cornea should have recovered within 24 hours.

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