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November 6, 1897

CORNEAL BURNS FROM ACCIDENTS IN THE USE OF CURLING IRONS. REPORT OF SIX CASES.

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DALLAS, TEXAS.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(19):951. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440450023002d

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Abstract

This unusual form of traumatism is worthy of mention, because of the severity of the pain, the grave apprehensions of the patient and the uniformly speedy and complete recovery. In the six cases that have recently come under my observation (Mrs. W., Miss L., Miss E., Miss M., Miss L. and Miss H.) the injury was received directly upon the cornea by dropping the hot curling-iron upon the open upturned eye. The extent of the injury has varied from three square millimeters in area to a third of the corneal surface.

In the severer cases the pain has been very intense unless continually relieved by local anesthetics. The seared superficial epithelium in a few hours exfoliates in a white opaque mass, leaving beneath a denuded corneal surface, which soon becomes, under favorable treatment, re-covered with normal epithelium and within a few days the eye is perfectly well. In corneal injuries

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