Delayed cataract formation after alkali burn

Can J Ophthalmol. 1975 Jul;10(3):423-6.


A small posterior subcapsular cataract developed almost a year after a moderately severe alkali burn of the eye. The cornea recovered completely. Cataract and glaucoma following alkali burns are discussed. The development of delayed cataract should be kept in mind in compensation cases before a final disability report is made. Topical steroids may potentiate the detrimental effect of alkali on the eye.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Alkalies / adverse effects*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cataract / etiology*
  • Cornea / physiopathology
  • Drug Synergism
  • Eye Burns / complications*
  • Eye Burns / drug therapy
  • Eye Burns / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Time Factors
  • Wound Healing


  • Alkalies
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Hydrocortisone