What is the focus of clinical history to evaluate ultraviolet keratitis?

Updated: Mar 14, 2019
  • Author: Alex Koyfman, MD; Chief Editor: Liudvikas Jagminas, MD, FACEP  more...
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Document information regarding the nature and duration of the ultraviolet (UV) exposure in patients with UV keratitis.

Patients experience the onset of a foreign-body sensation, irritation, pain, photophobia, tearing, blepharospasm, and decreased visual acuity 6-12 hours after the exposure.

Obtain the pertinent history, including contact lens use, past ocular trauma or surgery, current medications, and allergies to medications. Inquire concerning the risk of foreign body.


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