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Corneal foreign bodies in babies can cause permanent visual loss if the visual axis is involved directly or secondary due to spreading keratitis. Even temporary involvement during the sensitive period of visual development can cause permanent visual loss in the affected eye.
According to the literature corneal foreign bodies in babies are rare1 ,2 and primarily caused by furniture and baby items.2 Metallic corneal foreign bodies in babies have not previously been reported in the literature, but over the last 3 years 11 cases have been treated at the Department of Ophthalmology, Copenhagen University Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark (DOCUHG). None of the babies had been near high powered tools. A case of a 6-month-old baby (index patient) treated for recurrent—and the second time bilateral—corneal metallic foreign body at the DOCUHG led to a meticulous search for …