Doctors warn about eye damage with UV light to kill coronovirus

A recent study has found that people who try to kill coronovirus with ultraviolet C disinfectant lamps can risk traumatic eye injuries.

According to a report published in Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, Florida researchers report at least seven cases of patients with UVC who damage the cornea, the outer layer of the eye.

“The apparent portion of the health surface is susceptible to the wavelengths of light from these lamps,” said Dr. Jessie Sengillo, an ophthalmologist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System.

Painful inflammation of the cornea, a condition called photockeratitis, can occur when the cornea is superimposed by ultraviolet radiation.Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of University of Miami Health System

Sengillo said “eye damage” is like a sunburn to the cornea. “It is quite painful, and it takes a few days to heal. People often have trouble opening their eyes because they are sensitive to light and their eyes are red and itchy. One patient said, ‘My eyes are on fire. “

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The burning sensation does not occur immediately, so some patients did not realize that they had damaged their eyes before using the UVC lamp.

Sengillo said that those who want to use the lamps should turn on and then leave the room.

Sengilo suggests that people who have eye pain after using disinfectant lamps see a doctor for ointments to reduce irritation and take antibiotics, as such injuries are susceptible to infection.

Sengillo said that patients at the Eye Institute continue to suffer. “We’ve seen them coming in waves,” he said. “We saw, as the Kovid-19 infection in Miami has increased, that cases of cornea damage are starting again.”

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Beyond Miami, it is unclear how common UVC lamp eye damage is, but reports have revealed an ophthalmologist from Pittsburgh, Dr. Did not surprise Deepinder Dhaliwal.

“We are all now trying to increase safety for the public, and these UVC devices can be very useful antimicrobials,” said Dhaliwal, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. The light they emit looks “relatively harmless, and if people don’t know they shouldn’t be looking directly at the light, they can’t feel that loss.”

The Food and Drug Administration suggests that UVC radiation can inactivate the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes Kovus-19, but it warns about skin and eye irritation due to improper installation of UVC lamps in rooms is.

Dhaliwal said, “People understand that when they get out in the sun, sunshine can come out.” “What they may not realize is that even if it is UVC, it can also cause harm. The eye is weak, and if you are going to use this kind of device, you have to wear eye protection. needed.”

It is also possible that people may be elsewhere, which has a UVC lamp and does not feel that it can hurt their eyes, Dhaliwal said. “If you enter a room and see a strange-looking light, don’t look at it directly and use eye protection.”

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