Arc eye, also known as arc flash or welder's flash or corneal flash burns, is a painful condition sometimes experienced by welderswho have failed to use adequate eyeprotection. It can also occur due to light from sunbeds, light reflected from snow(known as snow blindness), wateror sand. The intense ultravioletlight emitted by the arc causes a superficial and painful keratitis.
Symptoms tend to occur a number of hours after exposure and typically resolve spontaneously within 36 hours. It has been described as having sand poured into the eyes.
- Intense lacrimation
- Fluoresceindye staining will reveal corneal ulcers under blue light
- Instill topical anaesthesia
- Inspect the corneafor any foreign body
- Patch the worse of the two eyes and prescribe analgesia
- Topical antibiotics in the form of eye drops or eye ointment or both should be prescribed for prophylaxis against infection
| Arc welding: Shielded metal (MMA)| Gas metal (MIG)| Flux-cored| Submerged| Gas tungsten (TIG)| Plasma
| Other processes: Oxyfuel| Resistance| Spot| Forge| Ultrasonic| Electron beam| Laser beam
| Equipment: Power supply| Electrode| Shielding gas| Robot
| Related: Heat-affected zone| Weldability| Residual stress| Arc eye | Underwater welding
See also: Brazing| Soldering| Metalworking| Fabrication| Casting| Machining| Metallurgy| Jewelry
Categories: Ophthalmology| Welding| Eye stubs
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It uses material from the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc+eye Wikipedia article Arc eye.