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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
An unusual mechanism of ocular trauma in badminton players: two incidental cases
  1. Rekha Khandelwal1,
  2. Mohana Raja Majumdar1,
  3. Archana Gupta2
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Rekha Khandelwal, rekha.khandelwal{at}


Badminton is a famous sport usually played without any protective eyewear. Ocular injury from one's own partner in a doubles game, with the shuttlecock, is rare. Two untrained badminton players presented with severe ocular trauma during a smash shot from the partner in a ‘doubles’ game. Both the players developed blind eye (vision <3/60) in spite of immediate treatment. This article describes an unusual mode of severe blunt trauma with a shuttlecock while playing a ‘doubles’ game, leading to coup-countercoup injury. In addition, the article highlights the need for awareness of the fatal ocular complications and life-long visual disability, especially in untrained badminton enthusiasts.

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