Treatments for Chemical Burns of the Eye in Children

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Treatment includes:

  • We immediately wash your child's eye with saline for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Local anesthetic drops may be placed in your child's eye prior to the washing to help decrease the pain.
  • The eye is usually held open with a special instrument to assure the saline gets into the eye.
  • Some children may need to be sedated under general anesthesia in order to perform the procedure.

What are the symptoms of chemical burns?

The following are the most common symptoms of chemical burns in the eye. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • severe pain in the eye
  • burning of the eye
  • tearing of that eye
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