Two remarkable events in the field of intraocular foreign body: (1) reversal of siderosis bulbi (2) the spontaneous extrusion of an intraocular copper foreign body

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Abstract

Two unusual events concerning intraocular foreign bodies are presented. The first patient had an occult or unsuspected intraocular foreign body. He showed iridoplegia with mydriasis, siderosis iridis, and an intraocular piece of iron lying posteriorly near the retina. The foreign body was removed and the patient regained normal iris color and pupillary activity. His vision remains 20/15 six years postoperatively despite ensuing retinal detachment one year after removal of the foreign body. The second patient was a young boy injured by a blasting cap explosion. He lost one eye from the injury and had a piece of intraocular brass in his left eye. In spite of the development of chalcosis and a mature cataract, the lens gradually shrank in the pupillary space permitting a clear aphakic area and 20/25 vision. The brass fragment migrated forward and inferiorly and was finally extruded under the conjunctiva five years later, where it was removed and chemically analyzed by X ray diffraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-203
Number of pages17
JournalTransactions of the American Ophthalmological Society
VolumeVol.73
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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