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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180-182

Mass casualty from chemical fumes among filmmakers

1 Department of Glaucoma, Sathyan Eye Care Hospital and Coimbatore Glaucoma Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth), Pondicherry, India
3 Department of Retina, Ponnammal Duraisamy Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Kirti Nath Jha
Department of Ophthalmology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (Sri Balajee Vidyapeeth), Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry - 607 402
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_66_18

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Chemical fumes are known to cause eye injury resulting in disablement. A mass casualty (group of 17 filmmakers) reported with severe irritation, watering, redness, photophobia, and blepharospasm in their eyes following approximately 12 hours after exposure to fumes of Japan black mixed with kerosene after film shooting with intense arc light. Examination revealed chemical conjunctivitis, keratoconjunctivitis, dermatitis, and eyelid edema. Symptoms resolved within 48 hours in all except 1, with supportive treatment, lubricant eye drops, and rest in the darkened room. This case report underlines the need for healthy industrial practices to avoid chemical injuries from volatile chemicals among filmmakers.

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