Arc-eye is also known by many other terms,
incl.Arc Flash, Welder's Flash, Flash
Burns and Corneal Flash Burns. (These other
terms are not listed as separate items in this glossary due to the large
number of entries already included in this section .)
Arc-eye is a painful condition of the eye/s due to damage
to the surface of the cornea
caused by bright ultraviolet light from arc welding. This may include
inflammation of the cornea, which is a condition called keratitis.
(Arc-eye is similar to snow
blindness and to overexposure of the eye/s to ultraviolet sun-tanning
Arc-eye is preventable by the use of adequate eye-protection
when using welding equipment.
Although often painful, arc-eye usually subsides if
the eyes are promptly padded and rested for 24 hours.
More about Ophthalmology: This section includes short definitions
of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list
to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).
Other related pages include the diagram
of the eye, and definitions
of parts of the eye, a description
of the human retina, and definitions
of parts of the retina, and the section of short definitions
of clinical and surgical procedures re. eyes and human visual system.
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