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Abstract

Since the introduction of polymer banknotes, they have become a new tool for corneal foreign body (CFB) self-removal. Being easily available, lightweight, and sturdy, polymer papers have become a popular and innovative method to dislodge CFB. Although ophthalmology services are easily accessible in Malaysia, ignorance, lack of health awareness, and the desire to avoid medical costs are among the reasons why patients remove CFB themselves. The sequalae span from only a faint scar with relatively good vision to total blindness. Our case series highlights three cases of CFB self-removal using polymer banknotes and their sequalae. To echo what has been known previously, self-awareness and occupational hazard education remain the most important and effective way to prevent vision loss.