Beware of Eye Sunburn…It’s a Real Thing!

Actress Busy Philipps started feeling pain in her eyes—and it ended up sending her to the hospital. Turns out it was from a sunburn...on her eyes. She posted on Instagram. “I have photokeratitis from bright lights/sun exposure! Who even knew that was a thing?”

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, photokeratitis is “like having a sunburned eye.” It occurs when the eye is exposed to UV rays, either from the sun or from manmade light in sources like tanning lamps. It sometimes happens when the sun is reflected off sand, water, ice, and snow, and a common form of the condition is also known as “snow blindness.”



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