Chalcosis

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

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.

See also chalcosis lentis (re. effects of copper in the lens of the eye).

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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