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Hydrofluoric Acid Burns of the Eye

Author: McCulley JP, Whiting DW, Petitt MG, Lauber SE.

Journal: J Occup Med. 1983 Jun;25(6):447-50.

Abstract: A case of hydrofluoric acid (HF) burns of the eye is reported and a review is presented of our investigation into the mechanism of HF toxicity in ocular tissues. A number of therapeutic procedures that have been successful in the treatment of HF skin burns were studied in the rabbit for use in the eye. Immediate single irrigation with water, normal saline or isotonic magnesium chloride solution is the most effective therapy for ocular HF burns. Extrapolation of other skin burn treatments to use in the eye is unacceptable due to the toxicity of these agents in normal eyes and the additive damage caused in burned eyes.

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