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March 1974

Tolerated Eyelash Embedded in the Retina

Author Affiliations

From the departments of ophthalmology (Drs. Kozart and Katowitz) and pathology (Dr. Yanoff), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Scheie Eye Institute (Drs. Kozart, Katowitz, and Yanoff), Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;91(3):235-236. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.03900060243017

A large metallic foreign body and two eyelashes were embedded in the retina as a result of penetrating ocular trauma. Following removal of the metallic fragment and one eyelash, the vision in the injured eye has remained 20/20 over a three-year follow-up period in spite of the retention of the second eyelash in the retina. The retained eyelash has provoked no inflammatory reaction.