What is the prognosis of chemical burns to the eye?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Mark Ventocilla, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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In general, the prognosis of ocular chemical injuries is directly correlated with the severity of insult to the eye and adnexal structures.

Many classification systems and revisions thereof have been aimed at classifying ocular burns in relation to their prognosis, including the following systems: Thoft, Hughes, Roper-Hall, and Pfister. [9]  In essence, all systems aim to quantify the degree of corneal epithelial involvement, the degree of limbal stem cell loss, and the degree of conjunctival involvement. [10]


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