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OPHTHALMIC IMAGE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 181

Ocular firecracker injury


Department of Ophthalmology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication01-Apr-2021

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Dr. Jagat Ram
Professor & Head, Advanced Eye Center, Sector 12, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_3606_20

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Behera RK, Gupta PC, Khurana S, Ram J. Ocular firecracker injury. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:181

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Behera RK, Gupta PC, Khurana S, Ram J. Ocular firecracker injury. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Apr 11];1:181. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/2/181/312414



A 27-year-old male presented, on the day of Diwali, with pain and diminution of vision in both the eyes, after sustaining ocular firecracker injury. Slit-lamp examination revealed multiple foreign bodies stuck to the conjunctiva, corneal epithelium, and stroma [Figure 1]. Both the eyes had central epithelial defect, traumatic cataract in the left eye. Thorough ocular saline wash was done, with prescription of systemic and topical steroids, antibiotics, cycloplegic, and lubricant. The superficial foreign bodies were removed.
Figure 1: (a) Anterior segment photograph of the right eye showing multiple foreign bodies embedded in the conjunctiva and cornea. (b) Anterior segment photograph of the left eye showing multiple foreign bodies embedded in the conjunctiva and cornea

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Firecracker injuries are common problems faced during the festival of Diwali and can be prevented by protective eye gear.[1],[2] The yellow foreign bodies are mainly chemical constituents of the firecracker like the gunpowder and the calcium salts. Corneal inflammation around these particles can be attributed to the reactivity of the calcium chloride salts found in firecrackers.[3],[4]

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Chakraborti C, Majumdar S, Gayen S. Profile of firecracker injuries of the eye during Diwali: A tertiary eye care centre study. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2019;12:415-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Gupta PC, Ram J. Eye injury from a firecracker. N Engl J Med 2017;376:2579.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Shimizu T. Fireworks-The Art, Science and Technique. Austin, Texas, USA: Pyrotechnica Publications; 1981.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Singh P, Tyagi M, Kumar Y, Gupta KK, Sharma PD. Ocular chemical injuries and their management. Oman J Ophthalmol 2013;6:83-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
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