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What are chemical burns?
Chemical burns occur when a child gets any type of chemical in his or her eye. This is a medical emergency, and the child should receive immediate medical care. Chemical burns can result in a loss of vision and even a loss of the eye itself, if not treated promptly and accurately. Household cleaning agents are a common cause of this type of injury.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches chemical burns of the eye
In most cases, children are sent immediately to our emergency room where treatment is provided by experienced pediatric environmental medicine toxicologists. An ophthalmologist (physician who specializes in comprehensive eye care) will usually be involved in the care of the child.
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