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March 1978

Eye Injuries From Exploding Car Batteries

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(3):477-481. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050253012

• Explosions of car batteries have become a frequent cause of eye injuries. A total of 62 patients were seen in our clinic during eight consecutive months. A wide range of injuries were discovered that extended from the anterior segment to the retina. The most common injuries were acid-induced conjunctivitis, corneal abrasions, and iridocyclitis. Hospitalization and surgery were required in some cases.

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