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Non-penetrating corneal foreign body injuries: factors affecting delay in rehabilitation of patients.
  1. D G Jayamanne,
  2. R W Bell
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, North Riding Infirmary, Middlesbrough, UK.


    A review of 783 patients with non-penetrating, superficial corneal foreign bodies (FBs), indicated that delay in rehabilitation was related to two factors: (1) the size of the abrasion following removal of the FB, larger abrasions requiring longer duration of antibiotic ointment, and (2) inadequate removal of corneal rust. Allergy to chloramphenicol 1% ointment (5.5 in 1000), commonly used in the management of corneal abrasions, is unpredictable and can also impair rapid rehabilitation.

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