Iron-containing corneal rust rings treated with desferrioxamine.

INJURY to the cornea with an iron-containing foreign body usually leaves a rust ring. Most surgeons advise complete removal of any rust, but this often causes considerable trauma to the already injured cornea. Desferrioxamine ("Desferal", Ciba Laboratories) is an iron-free compound isolated from a strain of Streptomycespilosus, which binds ferric ions to… CONTINUE READING