2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
6 Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Part II: Pediatric Ophthalmology
Chapter 27: Ocular Trauma in Childhood
Corneal Foreign Body
Corneal foreign bodies in children can sometimes be dislodged with a forceful stream of irrigating solution. After topical anesthetic is applied, a cotton swab or blunt spatula can often be used to remove the corneal foreign body, with or without a slit lamp; use of sharp instruments should be avoided. If these methods are unsuccessful, the child may require sedation or general anesthesia to facilitate removal of the foreign body.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 10 - Glaucoma. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.