Actinic conjunctivitis

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Actinic conjunctivitis causes a redness of the eyes, as well as swelling and often grayness around the eyes.
Actinic conjunctivitis
Classification and external resources
ICD-9-CM 370.24

Actinic conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the eye contracted from prolonged exposure to actinic (ultraviolet) rays. Symptoms are redness and swelling of the eyes. Most often the condition is caused by prolonged exposure to Klieg lights, therapeutic lamps, or acetylene torches. Other names for the condition include Klieg conjunctivitis, eyeburn, arc-flash, welder's conjunctivitis, flash keratoconjunctivitis, actinic ray ophthalmia, x-ray ophthalmia, and ultraviolet ray ophthalmia.[1]


Conjunctivitis is prevalent among children of the highlands of Ecuador. The finding supports the hypothesis that prolonged exposure to the sun at altitude—in the less dense atmosphere (with the resultant lower UV absorption)—is the main cause of the disease.[2]


Conjunctivitis eye condition contracted from exposure to actinic rays. Symptoms are redness and swelling. [3]


  1. ^ "Dorland's Medical Dictionary (confabulation - connexus)". Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Actinic conjunctivitis in children: Clinical features, relation to sun exposure, and proposed staging and treatment". J AAPOS. 13 (2): 161–5. Apr 2009. doi:10.1016/j.jaapos.2008.10.017. PMID 19393514. 
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