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Wave of paediatric eye injuries from liquid detergent capsules

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1186
  1. Rashmi G Mathew, specialist registrar in ophthalmology1,
  2. Katherine Kennedy, senior chemist2,
  3. Melanie C Corbett, consultant ophthalmologist with special interest in cornea and ocular surface disease1
  1. 1Western Eye Hospital, London NW1 5QH
  2. 2Guy’s Toxicology Unit, London SE1 9RT
  1. rashmi.mathew{at}

    We highlight a new wave of paediatric ocular surface injuries.1

    In 2001 the cleaning products industry produced liquid capsules for fabric detergents. Last year chemical injuries associated with these capsules accounted for 40% of ocular chemical injuries in children under the age of 5 at this hospital. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Poisons Unit received 192 enquires related …

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