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January 1966

The Liquid Center Golf Ball: A Potential Ocular Hazard

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Ophthalmology Service, Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;75(1):68-71. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.00970050070013

Golf ball injury to the eye and orbit is not limited to those who play golf. Previously reported ocular injuries secondary to explosive eruption of liquid center golf balls have demonstrated this. Duke-Elder suggested that utilization of less caustic materials in the manufacturing processes had removed this hazard. However, the two following cases demonstrate that penetration into the core of some golf balls remains inherently dangerous, and that the ocular hazards of youth still include the dissection of liquid center golf balls.

Case Reports 

Case 1 (No. 6791035).  —An 11-year-old white boy was cutting into a discarded golf ball when the contents of its center exploded into his face. The residual golf ball was discarded by the parent and not available for chemical analysis.Initial medical treatment was begun at US Army Tripler General Hospital within an hour of the accident. The skin of the right lower lid was thickened

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