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March 28, 1977

Tennis Balls and Eye Injuries

JAMA. 1977;237(13):1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270400016007

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To the Editor.—  Dr Seelenfreund replies to a letter from Dr Duke regarding tennis ball injuries to the eye (236:2287, 1976) and recommends impact-resistant glasses, among other things.I would like to report a reason to object to such glasses and to recommend use of only some physical device surrounding the bony orbit. I was struck in the lens of such glasses, which in turn became the very hard missile that fit inside of my bony protection and struck the eyeball. This produced a shock wave to the retina, with some loss of eyesight still remaining after several years. The frame of these glasses was a total loss. Offhand, I would think a blow by a softer object—the ball—would be preferable to being struck by a very hard object—the hard glass lens. I opt for the handball steel protector in spite of some interference with vision.