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Hand Sanitizer Causes Ocular Chemical Burns in Pediatric Population
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol-based hand sanitizers (ABHS) have become widely available in public places. ABHS dispensers are typically posted around small children’s eye level where they have been accidentally sprayed directly into young eyes or unwittingly rubbed into eyes after being applied to hands.
The chemical makeup of hand sanitizer can be seriously damaging to the ocular surface because it contains high concentrations of alcohol, typically ethanol, which causes serious pain and can kill corneal cells, which may require a corneal transplant.
Researcher Botond Roska, MD, PhD, shared with colleagues his initial work on genetics and the retina at a conference in 2008, and was met with room-sized skepticism. “And they told me that I’m cuckoo … ‘this is not something that ever will happen in ophthalmology,’” he says he was told.
Over recent years, the retina has established its position as one of the most promising biomarkers for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Moving on from the debate as to the retina becoming thinner or thicker, researchers from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Hospital Clínico San Carlos are focusing their attention on the roughness of the ten retinal layers.
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