The Ocular Effects of Pepper Spray


  • Canan Asli Utine
  • Ismet Durak

Received Date: 06.12.2011 Accepted Date: 16.02.2012 Turk J Ophthalmol 2012;42(4):294-297

Recently, pepper spray has been used by both civilians, as a non-lethal personal defense spray, and law enforcement agencies in population movements. People exposed to pepper spray experience panic and disorientation due to acute severe pain, blepharospasm, tearing and sometimes blurred vision and even temporary blindness. Having knowledge about the properties and mechanism of action of pepper spray and the different aspects of this exposure from other ocular chemical injuries is important for timely and correct interventions and appropriate management of the condition by the ophthalmologists in emergency care. (Turk J Oph thal mol 2012; 42: 294-7)

Keywords: Pepper spray, eye

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