• Thermal burns: The blink reflex usually causes the eye to close in response to a thermal stimulus. Thus, thermal burns tend to affect the eyelid rather than the conjunctiva or cornea. Eyelid burns should be cleansed thoroughly with sterile isotonic saline solution followed by application of an antimicrobial ointment (eg, bacitracin bid). Most thermal burns affecting the conjunctiva or cornea are mild and heal without significant sequellae. They are treated with topical administration of antibiotics and corticosteroids. From the Merck Manual at:

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