Chemical Burns of the Eye
What are chemical burns?Chemical burns occur when a child gets any type of chemical in his/her eye. This is a medical emergency, and the child should receive immediate medical care. Chemical burns can result in a loss of vision and even a loss of the eye itself, if not treated promptly and accurately. Household cleaning agents are a common cause of this type of injury.
What are the symptoms of chemical burns?The following are the most common symptoms of chemical burns in the eye. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- severe pain in the eye
- burning of the eye
- tearing of that eye
How is a chemical burn diagnosed?Diagnosis is usually made after a complete medical history and physical examination of your child's eye. Local anesthetic drops in the eye may be used in order to examine the child.
Treatment for chemical burns:Specific treatment for chemical burns in the eye will be determined by your child's physician based on:
- your child's age, health, and medical history
- extent of the injury
- your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- expectations for the course of the condition
- your opinion or preference
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