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Rinsing eyes that have been exposed to chemicals as quickly as possible is still an indisputably sound practice. However, as ophthalmologists know, even prolonged postburn lavage is often unable to prevent visually impairing damage to the cornea, a situation that is rarely reparable with keratoplasty.1 In addition, glaucoma and optic nerve ischemia are frequent complications in severe cases.2,3
Scott WJ, Schrage N, Dohlman C. Emergency Eye Rinse for Chemical InjuriesNew Considerations. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(3):245. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.5045