How to treat arc eyes

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The common “arc eyes” is related to photokeratitis or ultraviolet keratitis which is a painful eye condition caused by exposure of insufficiently protected eyes to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure may result from either natural (for example, intense sunlight) or artificial (for example, electric arc welding, photographer’s flood lamps, sun lamp in tanning salon, halogen desk lamp) sources. An arc eye is not usually noticed until 3 to 12 hours after exposure. Symptoms include increased tearing and a feeling of pain, likened to having sand in the eyes. If the eye is not treated, an infection could occur.

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