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Drones’ side effect: facial and ocular trauma caused by an aerial drone
  1. François-Xavier Crahay1,
  2. Radhika Rampat2,
  3. Martin Tonglet3 and
  4. Jean-Marie Rakic4
  1. 1Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department, CHR Citadelle, Liège, Belgium
  2. 2Cornea and External Disease Department, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Emergency Medicine Department, CHU de Liège, Liège, Belgium
  4. 4Ophthalmology Department, CHU de Liège, Liège, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr François-Xavier Crahay; fxcrahay{at}


An adult man was struck in the face by his own aerial drone. The propellers hit the upper face region leading to forehead and eyelid lacerations, a partial scleral laceration, conjunctival laceration, hyphaema, traumatic iritis and forward displacement of one haptic of the intraocular lens from a previous cataract surgery. In the last decade, drone use has significantly increased and drone-related injuries have become an emerging cause of trauma. Our case raises awareness of the risks and highlights the need for improvement in regulation of drone use.

  • ophthalmology
  • trauma
  • general practice / family medicine
  • medical education

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  • Contributors Conception, design and acquisition of data: F-XC, MT. Drafting and writing: F-XC, RR, MT, J-MR.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.