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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-68

Retained intracorneal human hair fragment: An unusual case of occupational trauma

1 Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Venu Eye Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, India
2 Oculoplasty and Orbit, Venu Eye Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, India
3 Cornea and Refractive Services, Dr. Shroffs Charity Eye Hospital, Daryaganj, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Varshini Shanker
Venu Eye Institute and Research Centre, Sheikh Sarai Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 017
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-620X.149876

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A 32-year old male hairdresser presented with redness and irritation of the left eye for past 15 days. A fragment of hair was found embedded in deep corneal stroma with minimal scarring. No evidence was found of previous or current inflammation incited by this foreign body. The position and depth of the hair fragment was documented by anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) and its effect on the corneal endothelium was assessed by specular microscopy. Hairdressers should take adequate precautions to prevent ocular injury although human hair appears to be well tolerated by the cornea.

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