Also known as photokeratitis or solar keratitis
Acute syndrome occurs after exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Painful but usually self-limited
Accurate history, including:
Type of exposure
Timing and duration of exposure
Use of protective eyewear
Complete bilateral ocular exam, including:
Treatment is supportive.
Severe pain from the syndrome should be treated with oral analgesics.
Although they do have a role in the physical exam, topical anesthetics should nev...
Corneal surface regenerates in 24 to 72 hr.
Surface regeneration leads to symptom resolution.
Reexamination in 24 to 48 hr
If symptoms improved: Patient can continue...
American National Standards Institute: www.ANSI.org
Bagheri N, Wajda B, eds. The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease. 7th ed. Philadel...
A patient with eye pain should not be prescribed topical anesthetic eye drops.
Abuse of these drops can lead to neurotrophic keratopathy, a loss of corneal sensation leading to epitheli...
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