June 21, 1976

Rushing the Net and Retinal Detachment

Author Affiliations

From the Retina Services of the Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center, the St Luke's Hospital Medical Center, and Lenox Hill Hospital, New York.

JAMA. 1976;235(25):2723-2726. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260510017016

With the growth in popularity of tennis has come an increase in ocular injuries due to tennis balls. This report describes ten patients who sustained ocular contusion from high-speed tennis balls. Seven of the patients required either retinal surgery, laser photocoagulation, or both. Early detection of retinal damage is essential, but of greater importance is prevention. For that reason, we advise use of some sort of ocular protection device for high-risk individuals.

(JAMA 235:2723-2726, 1976)