Ophthalmologic Procedures

  • Walter Green


Every emergency physician should be competent to handle ocular foreign bodies, ocular contamination with toxins, and retrobulbar hematoma causing increased intraocular pressure. Removal of a foreign body and corneal rust ring, including the equipment required, is described in this chapter. Eye irrigation to remove toxins and chemicals is explained, along with the use of a Morgan Lens or a nasal cannula. Retrobulbar hematoma causing increased intraocular pressure and optic nerve ischemia requires immediate lateral canthotomy, which is explained and illustrated.


Ocular foreign body Corneal rust ring Corneal burr Eye irrigation Morgan lens Retrobulbar hematoma Orbital compartment syndrome Lateral canthotomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Green
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical SchoolDallasUSA

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