Expansive mortar-induced ocular injury

Balasubramanya, Ramamurthy; Rani, Alka; Madhusudan; Sangwan, Virender S.
December 2006
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology;Dec2006, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p269
Academic Journal
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We describe here a case of bilateral chemical injury (with an expansive mortar which is being used in recent times to cut the rocks). On examination limbal ischemia was more in the left eye (9 clock hours) than the right eye (2 clock hours). The case was managed by bilateral removal of foreign bodies, along with conjunctival resection and amniotic membrane transplantation in the left eye. At six-month follow-up, patient had best corrected visual acuity of 20/30 and 20/60 in the right and left eyes respectively. Since this being an occupational hazard, proper eye protection gear should be used by persons using this expansive mortar.


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