Acta Med. 2017, 60: 160-162

Severe Self-Inflicted Acute Ocular Siderosis Caused by an Iron Tablet in the Conjunctival Fornix

Ioannis Asproudis, Paraskevas Zafeiropoulos, Andreas Katsanos, Christos Kolettis

Ophthalmology Clinic of the Medical School of the University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

Received August 13, 2017
Accepted January 25, 2018

We present the case of a female patient who grinded a ferrous sulfate tablet and placed it at the conjunctival fornix of her left eye. She rapidly developed severe ocular siderosis, with profoundly decreased visual acuity, corneal opacities, cataract, retinal degeneration and ultimately phthisis bulbi. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the consequences of application of an iron tablet on the conjunctiva.


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