onset of cataracts

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by seagate1556, May 16, 2007.

  1. seagate1556

    seagate1556 Guest

    Suppose one was working at an industrial site, wasn't wearing proper
    eyewear, and was accidentally exposed to high-powered, artificial blue/
    UV light. He wasn't staring at the light but the light wasn't less
    than 12 inches away from his eyes, and the exposure was for 5
    seconds.

    Hours later,he feels some strain on his right eye ( surprisingly not
    his left eye ). He also has headaches. The symptoms of headaches and
    strain went away after 2 days.

    He also has to blink a few times more to get clear vision for his
    right eye. ( like when you wake up in the morning and you have
    intially have foggy vision until you blink many times ) This symptom
    is still ongoing for 3 days after the exposure.

    Is it possible for the brief exposure to cause cataracts? Are any of
    these symptoms of cataracts? Will it be likely that his sights ( if
    caused by the UV ) will be normal and not suffer from permanent
    damage? Does he require any treatment?

    Just wanted to have some feedback. Thanks.
     
    seagate1556, May 16, 2007
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  2. For a high powered UV blast like that to cause a cataract that quickly
    would be highly improbable. Not impossible, but not likeley. and if
    the blinking helps clear it, it cannot possibly be a cataract, as they
    are inside the eye, not on the surface. More likely a corneal burn
    which should clear in a few days.

    w.stacy, o.d.
     
    William Stacy, May 16, 2007
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  3. seagate1556

    seagate1556 Guest


    Are there any required treatment during the healing period for the
    corneal burn?

    And would this single exposure make it likely for cataracts or some
    other vision disabilities in the future?
     
    seagate1556, May 17, 2007
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  4. Not unless you were in a lot of pain.

    Possible, but not likely, and certainly not quantifiable.
     
    William Stacy, May 18, 2007
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