Wednesday, November 25, 2020

COVID's collateral damage: Germicidal lamps may damage corneas


News Release 24-Nov-2020
While UV light may kill bacteria and viruses, improper use is dangerous
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


In a paper published in the journal of Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, physicians from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reported that several patients using germicidal lamps in an attempt to sanitize against the coronavirus, developed painful inflammation of the cornea, a condition called photokeratitis. These consumer-available ultraviolet (UV) emitting devices were being used in an attempt to eliminate coronavirus from homes and offices.


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