Mascara: A Cause of Thermal Burn after Cautery for Eye Lid Lesion Excision; A Case Report

Nancy Al Raqqad, Christopher Liu
2010 Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology  
Surgical fi res are rare in ophthalmic surgery. Occurrence poses disastrous risks on the eye and the patient. Mascara can play a role in the occurrence of fl ash fi res in the vicinity of surgical fi elds by acting as a fuel source. Purpose: We report a case of thermal burn of eye lashes, eyelid skin and eye brow hair in a patient who was wearing mascara while cautery was applied to her eyelid lesion after excision. Results: Mascara had caused a spark fi re when applying cautery after eyelid
more » ... ery after eyelid lesion excision in a young patient. Conclusion: Surgeons as well as the entire ophthalmic care team should be aware of this incident to try to minimize the risk of thermal injury by working in a make-up free ophthalmic fi eld. Citation: Raqqad NA, Liu C (2010) Mascara: A Cause of Thermal Burn after Cautery for Eye Lid Lesion Excision; A Case Report. J Clin Exp Ophthalmol 1:105.
doi:10.4172/2155-9570.1000105 fatcat:uoyfqfobhrcijogdroqw4ilwwq