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Ocular blunt trauma: loss of sight from an ice hockey injury
  1. D S Morris1
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1HY, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Morris
 Department of Ophthalmology, James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK; danielsmorris{at}


A case of ocular blunt trauma is described in which a 17 year old male ice hockey player collided with an opponent during a game. The opponent’s stick travelled under the patient’s half face visor and struck his left eye causing hyphema, angle recession, lens subluxation, and choroidal rupture over the macula, permanently reducing his vision to counting fingers. Sequelae of ocular blunt trauma are discussed along with methods of injury prevention by addressing players’ behaviour and safety equipment. This injury is unlikely to have occurred with properly used full face protection.

  • ocular trauma
  • choroidal rupture
  • lens subluxation
  • face protection
  • ice hockey

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