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May 1981

Keratopathy Associated With Intracorneal Glass

Author Affiliations

From the Iowa Lions Cornea Center, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City (Drs Mannis, Krachmer, and Pardos), and the Division of Research Services (Mr Fiori) and Section on Clinical Eye Pathology, Clinical Branch, National Eye Institute (Dr Rodrigues), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. Dr Mannis is now with the University of California, Davis. Dr Pardos is now with the Mount Siani School of Medicine, New York.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(5):850-852. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930010850012

• A progressive nonedematous keratopathy developed in a 36-year-old patient after she was struck in the eye by glass fragments. Biopsy material that was examined by electron microscopy and electron beam microanalysis demonstrated the presence of intracorneal glass fragments, which could not be detected clinically. Retained intracorneal glass, generally thought to be completely inert, can be associated with a chronic keratopathy.