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Traumatic insertion of eyelashes into corneal stroma

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First Author: E.Casswell UK

Co Author(s):    C. Kilduff   E. Anikina   A. Mearza        

Abstract Details



Purpose:

To present an unusual case report of eyelashes being traumatically inserted into the corneal stroma.

Setting:

Western Eye Hospital, London NW1 5QH, United Kingdom.

Methods:

Case notes review.

Results:

A 75-year-old accidentally hit her right eye with her own fist and presented with intra-corneal eyelashes. All remained entirely within the cornea, with no breach of the endothelium. They seemed to have tracked there first through the superior conjunctiva and then the superior limbus. The lashes were surgically removed, with good visual recovery. As far as we are aware, this is only the second case of cilia being embedded in the corneal stroma in the absence of prior surgery, penetrating injury or corneal laceration. The authors also present a short review of intra-corneal eyelashes and discuss the causes, secondary effects and treatment.

Conclusions:

Cilium embedding into the corneal stroma is a very rare consequence of trauma. FINANCIAL INTEREST: NONE

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