The following two case reports are illustrative of most of the problems inherent in the somewhat unusual ocular emergency of tear gas burns.
Report of Two Cases
—A 38-year-old white man, a farmer, was referred from a neighboring town during the early morning hours of March 22, 1955, because of agonizing pain in his eyes. He had been shot in the face at close range with a pocket tear gas gun the previous afternoon by an irate neighbor during a quarrel.The man was suffering severely, and only casual inspection of face and eyes could be carried out upon admission. The upper part of his face showed vesication and marked edema of the skin, with generalized redness and swelling of facial tissues. No foreign material was found driven into the skin or clinging to it. There was a contusion above the right eye, which the patient said
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