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Examination and removal of ophthalmic foreign bodies

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Julia M Baxter MBBCh, Nicholas R Hawksworth MBBS FRCS FRCOphth
Foundation Years Journal, volume 2, issue 2, p.90 (123Doc Education, London, February 2008)


A 26-year-old man who works as a mechanic presents to the accident and emergency department complaining of a painful watering right eye. It started 2h ago and he doesn’t recall any FB entering the eye but he was grinding some metal earlier and did not use any eye protection. He is otherwise fit and well, takes no medicines and has no allergies.

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Julia M Baxter MBBCh (Corresponding author)

F2 in Ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
CF72 8XR

Nicholas R Hawksworth MBBS FRCS FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Department of Ophthalmology
Royal Glamorgan Hospital


1. Kunimoto, Rapuano, Makar et al. The Wills Eye Manual: Office and emergency room diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. 4th Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins publishers, 2004. ISBN 978-0781742078.
2. Accessed on 17th January 2008.


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