The management of intraocular foreign bodies

Aust N Z J Ophthalmol. 1990 Aug;18(3):343-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1990.tb00631.x.


This study of 69 cases of retained intraocular foreign body confirms that eyes with anterior segment foreign bodies fare better than those with posterior segment foreign bodies, that eyes with smaller foreign bodies fare better than those with larger, and that the magnet is the safest method of removal. There is no evidence to support primary vitrectomy in every case of posterior segment foreign body. Computerised tomography is the best method of localisation, but a foreign body can be missed on computerised tomography, and a plain x-ray is still the best method of detection.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Magnetics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy