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September 1976

Alkali Retinopathy

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Bellevue, Wash

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(9):1629. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040459023

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To the Editor.  —Regarding chorioretinal damage secondary to ocular lye burns, Smith and Conway state, "an increasing awareness of this complication and concentrated efforts to examine the fundus in such eyes are encouraged." I hope that no patient is denied a corneal transplant because of their two cases. The first, a man who placed a Draino tablet (crystal?) in his lower cul-de-sac and developed a retinal lesion limited to the quadrant of scleral damage, is straightforward. The second case of retinal pathology, which is presented as fact is conjecture, "when he was 16 months of age desolved lye was thrown into his face during a family altercation. He was immediately put under a cold water faucet, etc." It is not normal to throw lye during an argument. Parents capable of such an irrational act are capable of perpetrating all kinds of atrocities on that child. How many times was that

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