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Dr. PG, Ophthalmologist
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Experience:  MBBS, MD (Ophthalomology)
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Is there anything you can do for releif from welding arc

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Is there anything you can do for releif from welding arc burn to eyes? They are swollen and red. Accidental burn from "just holding" stuff for a welder.    Just looking for temporary relief and how long before swelling goes away and blurry vision clears up. Thanks
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. PG replied 8 years ago.
   What you are describing is called welder's arc keratitis. In this there is burning of the superficial layer of the cornea (black portion of the eye). For this you need to
- use lubricating eye drops like genteal/tears naturale II/systane/refresh tears etc. for the healing.
- Also instill lubricating eye gel like genteal eye gel and close the eyes.
- Take oral anti-histaminic like benadryl for the swelling.
- Also apply cold compresses with ice on the closed eyelids.
Ideally you need to be evaluated by an Ophthalmologist. But in the meantime take the above treatment. The eye drops and eye gel are avialable over the counter. You can instill the eye drops as frequently as you want, even every 5 minutes initially for an hour and then 4 times in an hour and then 3 -4 times thereafter. Use the eye gel just before closing your eyes as it is thick.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thanks. the initial damage occurred last night, with eye drops applied before sleep. Will get more drops and gel for application today. How long before improvement depends on amount of damage, but what is typical "I can see a lot better now and it doesn't burn anymore" time to expect!
Expert:  Dr. PG replied 8 years ago.
If you respond to the treatment and the damage is not much then you should start feeling improvement in the next 24 hours.