That the instillation of ointment into the eye after a penetrating wound is not without danger is illustrated by the case reported here.
REPORT OF CASE
C. P., aged 43, a machine operator was struck in the right eye with an unknown object while at work. He was treated at the first aid station of his employer, where an ointment was instilled, the nature of which is not precisely known but which is believed to have been a sulfonamide preparation.He was seen by me shortly thereafter, when I found that he had a small perforating linear wound just below the center of the cornea. The anterior chamber was formed, but there was injury to the lens with partial traumatic cataract. Within the anterior chamber there were two spherical yellowish globules, each approximately 1 mm. in diameter—one situated in the upper part of the limbus and the other in the
BINDER DK. OINTMENT ABSORBED THROUGH CORNEAL WOUNDReport of a Case. Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(6):830-832. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010853009