Arc-Welders Eye Burns Treatment
Most cases of ultraviolet keratitis heal within 48 hours, without treatment. However, ultraviolet keratitis can be very painful, and antibiotic eye ointment may reduce the chance for infection.
Treatment for ultraviolet keratitis may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Eye patch for ultraviolet keratitis:
- Sometimes used for the first 24 hours after the injury
- Most people with ultraviolet keratitis do not require an eye patch.
- Eye drops for pain:
- Eye drops to dilate the pupil:
- Cyclopentolate 0.5-1% (Cyclogyl)
- Antibiotic ointment for ultraviolet keratitis
Arc-Welders Eye Burns Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of ultraviolet keratitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for ultraviolet keratitis?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
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