Which clinical history findings are characteristic 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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Most often, the patient gives a history of a liquid or a gas being splashed or sprayed into the eyes or of particles falling into the eyes. Query the patient regarding the specific nature of the chemical and the mechanism of injury (eg, simple splash vs high-velocity blast). The local poison control center can be an invaluable resource in determining the exact nature of the chemical composition, when unknown, particularly with obscure commercial products.

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