Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology

Case Report: Accidental Ocular Blast Injury To A Farmer’s Eye by Gandhak Potash

Nimisha Nagpal, Pawan Prasher, Inderjit Kaur 
Department of Ophthalmology
Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences (SGRD)
Amritsar, Punjab, India

Editor-in-Chief, Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology, Dr R.P.Centre, AIIMS.


Corresponding Author:

Pawan Prasher 
Professor, Department. of Ophthalmology 
Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Vallah, Amritsar, Punjab, India
E-mail: pawanprasher@yahoo.com


Received: 06-JUL-2020 Accepted: 02-APR-2021 Published Online: 05-OCT-2021
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7869/djo.690

Abstract
Ocular exposure to chemical explosions constitute true emergency that can be associated with injuries leading to significant visual morbidities. Herein, we report a case of bilateral eye injury in a 54 year old male farmer due to a chemical explosion while preparing a Gandhak Potash mixture. He presented with multiple charred wounds around his face and embedded particulate matter over the eyelids, conjunctiva and cornea. He underwent superficial debridement of the particulate matter along with conservative management using topical antibiotics, cycloplegics and steroids with good visual outcome. Gandhak potash explosions can be potentially visually devastating. Ophthalmologists, especially those working in agricultural surroundings, should be aware of this mode of injury. Good visual outcome is possible with urgent, appropriate medical intervention.

Keywords :Trauma, Gandhak, Chemical, Ocular, Injury