Of all the injuries to the eye, among the most disastrous in its result is a burn, especially one due to the action of a chemical irritant, such as quicklime. It may result in adhesions of the conjunctiva, in opacification of the cornea with marked reduction of vision, and even in loss of the eyeball.
The treatment that we here suggest has, as its main effect, the restoration of vision through clearing of the corneal opacity. Its further beneficial effects are marked alleviation of acute symptoms and shortening of the inflammatory period. In view of its principal action, the clearing of the corneal opacity, this discussion will be limited in the main to lime burns of the cornea.
Ramsay thus describes the process of lime burn:
In the case of quicklime, the severity of the burn is due to the fact that the lime usually remains for a considerable period