radiant energy includes bright visible light, ultra-violet light that is not visible, also infra-
red light that is not visible, as well as other forms of energy that are not visible, such as
strong microwave and radar waves. Sometimes, in the event of radiant energy injuries,
the patient will feel more comfortable if the eyes are bandaged to reduce exposure to
a. Electric Welding Arc.
(1) Signs and symptoms of electric welding arc burns of the eye include
gritty feeling, severe pain, inability to tolerate light, watering/ tearing, and the burns often
do not appear until several hours after exposure.
(2) There is no specific treatment recommended for electric welding arc
burns. Bandaging of the eyes often makes a patient more comfortable (see figure 5-4).
The patient should wear dark glasses (improvised or sunglasses). Recovery and pain
relief usually takes place in 2 to 3 days.
Figure 5-4. Bandage over electric welding arc burn.
b. Laser Injuries.
(1) Signs and symptoms of laser injuries include immediate decrease in
vision and pain is usually not present.
(2) Do not bandage eyes for treatment. Keep the patient out of bright light,
avoid further light exposure.
These burns come from hot liquids and flames or fire. The eyelids close rapidly
and the burned eyelids swell.
a. Signs and symptoms of thermal burns are:
Charred or swollen eyelids.