26-year-old Vikas Kumar* is a young professional working in a chemical factory and lives in Rabale, Navi Mumbai. One day, he fetched out to get a bottle of hydrofluoric acid from the storeroom. At the same time, phone rang on the adjoining table. As his hands reached the phone while the other hand was procuring the box, the bottle with loose lid fell on his head and entered his left eyes. Caught off guard, he reacted by closing his eyes tightly and screamed for help.
It took a while for other fellow co-workers to hear him. Soon they rushed him to nearby washroom and helped him wash his eye. As he started experiencing severe eye pain, burning sensation and redness in his left eye, he was immediately accompanied to Advanced Eye Hospital Institute (AEHI) located at Sanpada, Navi Mumbai.
A detailed eye check-up was conducted for Vikas at AEHI. Visual acuity, eyelids, conjunctiva and cornea were assessed thoroughly.
Dr. Vinayak Damgude, a Cornea & Cataract specialist, examined Vikas’s eyes. He noticed that his left eye was red. There was blanching of conjunctiva and limbus (area where the corneal stem cells are present) area for almost 6 clock hours. There was a near total epithelial defect on the cornea. Rest of the anterior and posterior segment structures were normal.
Dr. Vinayak diagnosed him with grade 3 Chemical burns. He was given an extensive eye wash with a medical solution for a period of 15 minutes. This was done to ensure that no residual chemical is present on his eye surface. He then prescribed him few eye drops, tablets and ointments and asked him to follow-up after 2 days.
The treatment for Vikas was aimed at enhancing epithelium layers healing and controlling inflammation. On the next follow-up, tremendous improvement was noticed. Over a period of 2 weeks his eye surface stabilized. He was advised to taper a few medicines and continue the lubricating eye drops for a few months.
It is very important that people whose eyes gets exposed to any chemical do an immediate extensive eye wash for atleast 15 minutes and consult an eye doctor immediately. If not treated on time chemical burns can lead to complications like symblepharon formation, deficiency of limbal stem cells with corneal damage and sometimes acute eye melting with resultant blindness.
Dr. Vinayak A Damgude (MBBS, MS, Fellowship in Cornea) is a Cornea, Cataract Consultant and General Ophthalmologist at Advanced Eye Hospital near Vashi, Navi Mumbai. He regularly treats children and adults with eye problems affecting the ocular surface and cornea like eye allergies, dry eyes, corneal infections, chemical and thermal burns, corneal degenerations and dystrophies. Consult Dr. Vinayak A Damgude by booking an appointment.
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