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December 1995

A Case of Traumatic Lens Extraction

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC
Chicago, Ill

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(12):1568. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100120100019

Ocular trauma in the urban setting can be varied, bizarre, and frequently tragic. These injuries are often related to assault, and are difficult to prevent.1

We report the case of an elderly man who sustained a scleral laceration of his right eye during a forced entry into his home.

Report of a Case.  A 77-year-old man had been viewing an event through the peephole of his front door when the door was forcibly opened, knocking him to the floor. No eyeglasses were worn at the time of injury. The patient experienced immediate loss of vision in his right eye to the light perception level. During surgical repair, a sharply contoured scleral laceration was noted, beginning just posterior to the limbus and extending to the 7-o'clock position. The wound was closed after repositioning viable prolapsed uvea and conducting a limited anterior vitrectomy. No lens material was visible at the time

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