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Ocular acid burn - External and Internal Eye
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Ocular acid burn - External and Internal Eye

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Contributors: Brandon D. Ayres MD, Christopher Rapuano MD, Harvey A. Brown MD, Sunir J. Garg MD, Lauren Patty Daskivich MD, MSHS
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Synopsis

Exposure of the cornea and conjunctiva to acidic material can be a devastating ocular injury. The proteins in the cornea tend to act as a good buffer to acidic compounds preventing penetration deeper into the eye. Patients with chemical injuries to the eye will often be in severe pain and not be able to open the affected eye(s). There will also be excessive tearing in the affected eye.

Chemical injuries most commonly are seen in young males often not using adequate eye protection. It is essential to initiate treatment for acidic chemical injuries as soon as possible to minimize damage to the cornea and conjunctiva.

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ICD10CM:
T26.60XA – Corrosion of cornea and conjunctival sac, unspecified eye, initial encounter

SNOMEDCT:
211662007 – Acid chemical burn of cornea and conjunctival sac

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Last Updated: 08/12/2013
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Emergency: requires immediate attention
Ocular acid burn - External and Internal Eye
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Ocular acid burn : Eye pain, Blurred vision, Corneal diffuse white infiltrate, Corneal ulcer, Conjunctival injection, Excessive tearing
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