Chalcosis is a medical term used to describe the deposition of the element copper (Cu) in the tissues of the eyes.
Chalcosis generally occurs due to the presence of a foreign body either of, or containing, the element copper becoming lodged in the eye, e.g. tiny shards of copper striking and/or being brushed into the eye(s) as a result of operators not wearing recommended eye-protection while cutting lengths of copper pipe.
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- Definitions of parts of the retina
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