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  • Could getting 3% hydrogen peroxide in my eye lead to glaucoma?


    Question:

    Could getting 3% hydrogen peroxide in my eye lead to glaucoma?


    Answer:

    The common 3% hydrogen peroxide solution rarely causes permanent or severe eye damage. Glaucoma is not one of the problems one would suspect from getting this into the eye. Damage of this sort from hydrogen peroxide solution is typically limited to the cornea, on the surface of the eye, where it can produce cause stinging, pain, redness, tearing, and even corneal abrasion (scratch) and ulceration (open sore).

    Corneal abrasions and ulcers can be serious if not treated by an ophthalmologist. As with most eye exposure to chemicals, it is wise to flush the eye with water immediately and continue doing so until you know the offending chemical has been flushed from the eye. It would be wise to see your ophthalmologist after you have finished the flush.


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