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November 1991

Ocular Injuries Caused by Elastic Cords

Author Affiliations

Albany, NY

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(11):1490-1491. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080110024003

To the Editor.  —We read with interest the article by Nichols et al1 in the March 1991 issue of the Archives. They reported the injuries of five patients with ocular trauma due to elastic cords with attached metal hooks. Two of their patients suffered penetrating ocular injuries, and three had final visual acuities of 20/200 or less.We performed a similar retrospective review of ocular injuries due to elastic cords in patients who presented to either the Albany (NY) Medical Center Hospital or the practice of G. Robert Hampton, MD, Syracuse, NY, from January 1987 through December 1990. The findings in our larger series of 11 patients, with a longer follow-up period of up to 48 months, are summarized in the Table. The median age of our patients was younger (26 years), and three women were among the injured. In addition to securing articles to the roof of an automobile,

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