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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 720201, 2 pages
Case Report

Asymptomatic Intracorneal Graphite Deposits following Graphite Pencil Injury

Department of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Tamil Nadu, Vellore 632001, India

Received 25 November 2011; Accepted 26 February 2012

Academic Editors: A. A. Bialasiewicz and H. Y. Chen

Copyright © 2012 Swetha Sara Philip et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Reports of graphite pencil lead injuries to the eye are rare. Although graphite is considered to remain inert in the eye, it has been known to cause severe inflammation and damage to ocular structures. We report a case of a 12-year-old girl with intracorneal graphite foreign bodies following a graphite pencil injury.