Ultraviolet Keratitis

Ultraviolet keratitis happens when too much light enters the eye. This can happen from direct light or light reflected off of snow (snow blindness). It can also happen from not protecting your eyes while welding (welder's blindness). It can happen from the lights used in a science lab or at a fish aquarium.

Problems usually start 6 to 12 hours after your eyes are exposed to the bright light. You might have tears in your eyes, pain, or puffy (swollen) eyelids. You will usually get better in 24 hours, even if you do nothing.

HOME CARE

  • Put cold packs on your eyes.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Wear an eye patch if your doctor tells you to.

  • Do not rub your eyes.

  • Go for a follow-up visit if your doctor tells you to.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain is strong and does not go away.

  • Your problems last more than 48 hours.

  • You cannot avoid bright light, and you need extra protection for your eyes.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.