High-intensity light from welding equipment. Wear
a welding mask or goggles for protection.
rays). This is especially true at elevations above
5000 ft (1524 m) or when the
sun glares off snow or water. Looking into the sun for long periods of time can
cause permanent loss of vision by damaging the
retina. Wear sunglasses that filter ultraviolet (UV)
light for protection.
Tanning booths or sunlamps. Wear sunglasses
or specially designed goggles for protection.
Symptoms may not start for 6 to 12 hours after exposure to the
ultraviolet light. Symptoms include:
A feeling that something is in the eyes (foreign
Ultraviolet injuries to the eyelids usually don't involve the eyeball
because the blink reflex protects the eyeball. If the eyes are tightly closed,
the edges of the eyelids may also be protected.
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June 04, 2014
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