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March 2015

Emergency Eye Rinse for Chemical InjuriesNew Considerations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists, Springfield, Missouri
  • 2Kliniken der Stadt Köln gGmbH, Cologne, Germany
  • 3Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(3):245. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.5045

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

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