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Are your eyes sensitive to sun? can they burn?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: The surface lining of the front of the eye is a skin, with many biochemical characteristics in common with ordinary skin. So it can burn from sunlight (wear sunglasses), tanning bed light ( they usually supply an eye cover) and uv light burns such as arc welding and accidental electrical light sparking. All of these can create a painful "sunburn" of the front of the eye.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: The surface lining of the front of the eye is a skin, with many biochemical characteristics in common with ordinary skin. So it can burn from sunlight (wear sunglasses), tanning bed light ( they usually supply an eye cover) and uv light burns such as arc welding and accidental electrical light sparking. All of these can create a painful "sunburn" of the front of the eye.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is sun burned eyes?

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
2 different meaning: 1. Your eyes were closed you were sunbathing and your eyelids have sunburn. No permanent effect on vision. 2. Affecting vision: a. Staying in bright sun in the sand or snow for a long time, temporary sun burnt eyes, it will almost always recover. B. Looking directly with or without protection at the sun: may get a retinal burn and have permanent decrease in vision.
Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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