Sunburnt eyeballs: The latest COVID-19 effect

Germicidal lamps that kill 'germs' are wreaking havoc on corneal epitheliums, warn ophthalmologists

People are frying their eyeballs using germicidal lamps in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to a US report.

Ophthalmologists have published a case series of seven patients who developed photokeratitis from the lamps that employ UV-C (100-280nm) to inactivate viruses, mould and bacteria.

Consumer-grade lamps have been promoted during the pandemic, although their effect on coronavirus is yet to be established, the doctors write.

The patients (average age 40)

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