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Photokeratitis following the manipulation of aquaria disinfection lamps
  1. Amit S Verma1,
  2. Dorian Dwarika2,
  3. Ronnie M Bhola3,
  4. Sheraiz Emamali3
  1. 1Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Ophthalmology Department, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 A S Verma
 Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU, UK; sedna1973{at}

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UVC radiation (100–280 nm) at the earth’s surface is usually encountered during welding or with germicidal lamps. The corneal epithelium absorbs UVC and the main acute clinical effect appears to be photokeratitis, typically appearing within 12 h of exposure.

We report a cluster of six patients (from five independent incidents) presenting with photokeratitis to the same ophthalmic emergency department within a 6 month period, all with bilateral photophobic, …

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