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Chemical Ocular Burns: A Case Review


Chemical injury to the eye accounts for a significant portion of ocular trauma. Proper management in the acute setting as well as follow-up by an ophthalmologist is crucial in limiting adverse effects of ocular tissue damage secondary to the chemicals. This case study describes the presentation and treatment of an adult male who presented to the Emergency Department (ED) at Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) following an accidental occupational facial and ocular chemical injury. Described is the immediate management of ocular injury secondary to chemical exposure and the follow-up care provided by the ophthalmologist. In addition, detailed is the medical and surgical management of ocular chemical burns including the preventative strategies utilized. The management of the case described may serve as an approach to the care of patients presenting with facial and ocular burn injury in the ED.