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February 1995

Exercise Band-Induced Hyphema

Author Affiliations

Providence, RI

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(2):142. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100020020015

Sports-related activities have been associated with numerous ocular injuries. Ocular trauma has also been reported with elastic cords attached to metal or plastic hooks, used commonly as devices to secure various objects.1-3 We recently evaluated a case of sports-related ocular trauma caused by an elastic band.

Report of a Case.  A 43-year-old woman presented with blunt ocular trauma from an elastic exercise band used during an organized aerobics session. The injury occurred when the band she was grasping by its handles inadvertently released from her toe and recoiled upward, striking her left eye. The Figure demonstrates how these exercise bands are used. Immediately after the injury, she complained of severe pain, photophobia, and blurred vision. Ophthalmologic examination revealed corrected visual acuity of 20/20 OD and 20/60 OS. Initial injuries of the left eye included subconjunctival hemorrhage, hyphema (approximately 20%), and traumatic mydriasis. Intraocular pressure was 17 mm Hg in

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