Corneal Flash Burns
In most cases, you will need to follow up with your ophthalmologist in 24-48 hours for a reevaluation of the eyes and to make sure that the corneas are healing.
To prevent damage to the cornea, wear protective eyeglasses that are coated to protect the cornea from ultraviolet light. The labels on the sunglasses indicate the level of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection.
Protective eyeglasses would include:
- Sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB radiation
- Ski goggles or "glacier glasses," particularly at high elevations
- Totally dark glasses for tanning beds
- A welder’s mask when welding
The cornea repairs itself rapidly and usually heals without leaving any scars. In most cases, healing takes place in 1-2 days if you follow all instructions and protect your eyes from further damage.
However, some complications, such as infection, may not show up right away. Thus, it is important to return for a recheck with your ophthalmologist when it is scheduled.
For More Information
American Academy of Ophthalmology
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94120
Media file 1: An ophthalmologist examines a patient's eye with a slit lamp.
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