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Corneal Flash Burns (cont.)

Corneal Flash Burns Causes

Radiation damage to the cornea leading to a flash burn can be caused by ultraviolet light from various sources:

  • sunlamp in tanning salon
  • reflection of the sun off the snow at high elevation (snow blindness)
  • photographer's flood lamp
  • lightning that strikes close to you
  • halogen lamp
  • welding torch
  • direct sunlight
  • reflection of sunlight off water

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