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About eye sunburn

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 29, 2007
  • 04:39 AM


Yesterday I was up in the high altitude mountains, and today, I've noticed that a small part of my eye is a little bit red. I think it is sunburn.

1. It doesn't hurt. Scale of pain from 1 to 10 = 0.5 (slight sting)

2. I can still see perfectly fine.

3. This is the first time I've ever been sunburnt in the eye.

I don't know if it's critical, but I've just been a bit worried.

Please help.

Thank you.

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  • I doubt its much of a concern. I went snowboarding on a sunny day once & I didn't realize how bright the sun was reflecting off the snow. At the end of the day my eyes bothered me a bit & then that night at 1-2am my eyes were burning. I held my hands over my eyes to help some of the pain. That morning my eyes were crusty & my vision was blurry. I went to the hospital & eye doctor & eventually my eyes returned to normal....thank God. I could have gotten really bad eye damage. My eyes took a couple months to return completely to normal & not be bloodshot.So since my level of pain was about 9.6 I'm guessing you're probably ok
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  • two likely possibilities:1. your eyes dried up at the higher altitude2. you are experiencing a mild case of ultraviolet irradiation to the eyes ('sunburn' is close enough). it sounds like Chewy had a more severe case which usually goes by the term "snow blindness". this is also similar to welder's burns.in any case, it should get better with moisturizing drops and if you have concerns, go see an ophthalmologist.
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