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July 31, 1897

PERFORATING WOUNDS OF THE EYEBALL.

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OCULIST OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILWAY. OMAHA, NEB.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(5):226-229. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440310024001h

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Abstract

Perforating injuries of the eyeball are quite common among railroad employes and occur in all forms and degrees from the slightest perforation of the cornea with the loss of scarcely a drop of aqueous humor to the complete opening up of the globe and the entire loss of all its contents. Perforating wounds of the eyeball, with few exceptions, should be looked upon as serious injuries and be treated with the care that such cases deserve. Beginning with the wounds in the anterior part of the eyeball a small cut with a clean and sharp instrument through the cornea is not generally a serious injury, unless the agent producing the wound be infected, or penetrates beyond the posterior surface of the cornea far enough to injure the iris, lens or deeper structure of the eye. But if this cut should be situated within the pupillary space, the injury would be

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