Burn injuries of the eye

Karel D. Capek, Derek M. Culnan, Kevin Merkley, Ted T. Huang, Stefan Trocme

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This chapter discusses eye pathology frequently seen in the burn unit. It begins with a discussion of the relevant anatomy and histology. Eye examination in the burn unit is described, along with tips particularly applicable to critically-ill patients in the intensive care unit. The spectrum commonly-observed ocular surface disease with associated histopathological findings is described along with the predictive value of early findings such as eyelid burns and singed eyelashes. Salient features of special cases, such as electrical injury and toxic epidermal necrolysis are covered. The diagnosis and treatment of bacterial, viral and fungal corneal ulcers is discussed. Several acute and reconstructive surgical techniques that the burn surgeon may find useful for sight preservation are also described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTotal Burn Care
Subtitle of host publicationFifth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780323497428
ISBN (Print)9780323476614
StatePublished - 2018


  • Amnion
  • Burn
  • Cicatricial ectropion
  • Cicatricial entropion
  • Cornea
  • Electrical cataract
  • Eye
  • Eyelid reconstruction
  • Keratitis
  • Keratopathy
  • Orbital compartment syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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