Please note that this guidance is currently undergoing review by Safer Care Victoria to ensure the content is up to date. In the meantime, we recommend that you also refer to more contemporaneous evidence where possible.
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A flash burn occurs when you are exposed to bright ultraviolet (UV) light. It can happen in all types of UV light but is most common among welders. It is sometimes called ‘welder’s flash’ or ‘arc eye’.
Flash burns cause a painful inflammation of the cornea (the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye), which is like sunburn in the eye, and can affect both your eyes.
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First published: June 2019
Due for review: June 2022