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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Ocular blunt trauma: loss of sight from an ice hockey injury
  1. Daniel S Morris
  1. James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW, United Kingdom
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A case of ocular blunt trauma is described where a 17 year old male collided with an opponent during a game of ice hockey. The opponent’s stick travelled under his half-face visor and struck his left eye causing hyphema, angle recession, lens subluxation and choroidal rupture over the macula, reducing his vision to counting fingers permanently. Sequelae of ocular blunt trauma are discussed along with methods of injury prevention by addressing players’ behaviour and safety equipment. This injury is unlikely to have occurred with properly used full-face protection.

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  • Competing interests: None.