Case Study 100 Sympathetic Ophthalmia
KG is a 43-year-old Hispanic migrant worker who had been struck in the right eye by a piece of metal as he was hammering on a metal rod. He did not seek medical care for several days because of his nonresident status, but finally the pain became intense and he went to the local emergency room. The small hospital in the rural area where he worked did not have an ophthalmologist on staff. The emergency room doctor put the patient on both oral and topical antibiotics and advised the patient to seek out a specialist in a city about 50 miles away. He delayed this for several more days and was finally seen by an ophthalmologist more than a week after the initial injury.