Microwaved eggs may cause direct vision-threatening corneal damage. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Corneal injury from explosion of microwaved eggs.
Am J Ophthalmol. 1998 Mar;125(3):390-2. PMID: 9512160
Washington National Eye Center, Washington Hospital Center, DC, USA. email@example.com
PURPOSE: To report two patients with ocular burns from explosion of microwaved eggs that caused direct vision-threatening corneal damage. METHODS: The initial examination and treatment of both patients are described. RESULTS: Both patients were initially examined with severe decrease in the visual acuity of both eyes. The first patient required limbal conjunctival transplantation and a subsequent penetrating keratoplasty in the right eye and prolonged treatment of superficial keratitis in the left eye. The second patient sustained bilateral corneal epithelial defects and unilateral intrastromal hemorrhage. CONCLUSIONS: Exploding microwaved eggs can cause notable thermal injury to the eyes. The public should be educated about the dangers of cooking eggs in the microwave oven.