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An uncommonly serious case of an uncommon sport injury
  1. A Abedin1,
  2. H-C Chen2
  1. 1Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Asiya Abedin
 Queen’s Medical Centre, Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 8 Floor EENT Building, QMC, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK;


Background: A 55 year old man sustained a severe ocular injury when hit by a cricket ball even though he was wearing a helmet.

Methods: A suprachoroidal haemorrhage was drained and dense intravitreal blood was removed. An inferior buckle was applied with the use of intraocular gas. A macular haemorrhage resolved slowly.

Results: Despite several surgical procedures over 1.5 years, the final visual acuity of the patient was only 6/60 because of a dense macular scar.

Conclusions: Helmets worn as protection when playing cricket need to be designed better and be of better material. Eye protection should be worn at all levels of play.

  • RAPD, relative afferent pupillary defect
  • USG, ultrasonogram
  • cricket
  • injury
  • ocular
  • sport
  • visual loss

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  • The patient described in this case report has given consent for his details to be published.

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