What is the clinical presentation of decreased visual acuity in 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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Decreased visual acuity: Initial visual acuity can be decreased because of corneal epithelial defects, haze, increased lacrimation, or discomfort. In moderate-to-severe chemical burns seen soon after the injury, the corneal haze may be minimal on presentation with good vision, but it can increase significantly with time, severely reducing vision.


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