Arc-eye

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Arc-eye is also known by many other names, incl. Arc Flash, Welder's Flash, Flash Burns and Corneal Flash Burns. (These other terms are not listed as separate items in this section 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 lamps.)

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

For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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