What are the common acids sources 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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Common sources of acids are as follows: [9]

  • Battery acid (eg, sulfuric acid)

  • Bleach (eg, sulfurous acid)

  • Glass polish (eg, hydrofluoric; behaves like alkali)

  • Vinegar (eg, acetic acid)

  • Chromic acid (brown discoloration of conjunctiva)

  • Nitric acid (yellow discoloration of conjunctiva)

  • Hydrochloric acid (used to clean swimming pools)


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