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From the Archives of the Archives
June 2003

A look at the past . . .

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(6):915. doi:10.1001/archopht.121.6.915

The introduction of the sideroscope and the magnet have greatly simplified the diagnosis and therapy of iron splinters in the eye, but still cases occur in which the presence of small splinters is overlooked. The patient presents himself only when visual disturbances have come on, due to the siderosis\Mthe entrance of iron in solution into the iris, lens, retina, and cornea. The iris takes on a greenish or brownish discoloration, and yellowish-brown spots appear on the anterior capsule of the lens.