What is the clinical presentation of conjunctival inflammation 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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Conjunctival inflammation: Varying degrees of conjunctival hyperemia and chemosis are possible, and even a mild chemical injury can elicit an exuberant conjunctival response. Prolonged or severe conjunctival inflammation must be aggressively treated owing to the significant risk of substantia propria cicatrization, trichiasis and entropion, symblepharon (usually more severe inferiorly), punctal stenosis, and severe dry eye due to obliteration of the lacrimal ductules and goblet cells.


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