Ultraviolet Keratitis Follow-up

Updated: Apr 06, 2017
  • Author: Alex Koyfman, MD; Chief Editor: Robert E O'Connor, MD, MPH  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Follow-up care with an ophthalmologist is not usually necessary for ultraviolet (UV) keratitis except in cases of extensive corneal damage or in patients with preexisting serious eye conditions.

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Complications

Potential complications of ultraviolet keratitis include the following:

  • Superinfection, rarely
  • Vision loss, rarely
  • Pterygium (rare, most commonly with chronic repeated exposures)
  • Corneal degeneration (rare, with repeated exposures) [10]
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Prognosis

The prognosis is excellent for full recovery within 24-76 hours.

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Patient Education

Educate patients about proper eye precautions, such as the use of UV-filtering lenses or limiting exposure to the sun. The condition is preventable with the appropriate precautions.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Eye and Vision Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Corneal Flash Burns.

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