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Am J Ophthalmol. 1998 Mar;125(3):390-2.

Corneal injury from explosion of microwaved eggs.

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  • 1Washington National Eye Center, Washington Hospital Center, DC, USA. rty1@whcmlib.mhg.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report two patients with ocular burns from explosion of microwaved eggs that caused direct vision-threatening corneal damage.

METHODS:

The initial examination and treatment of both patients are described.

RESULTS:

Both patients were initially examined with severe decrease in the visual acuity of both eyes. The first patient required limbal conjunctival transplantation and a subsequent penetrating keratoplasty in the right eye and prolonged treatment of superficial keratitis in the left eye. The second patient sustained bilateral corneal epithelial defects and unilateral intrastromal hemorrhage.

CONCLUSIONS:

Exploding microwaved eggs can cause notable thermal injury to the eyes. The public should be educated about the dangers of cooking eggs in the microwave oven.

PMID:
9512160
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