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Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Apr;139(4):713-5.

Taser penetrating ocular injury.

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Department of Ophthalmology, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville Road, Woodville South, South Australia, Australia. weng.ng@jcu.edu.au

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the presentation and treatment of a Taser penetrating ocular injury.

DESIGN:

Case report.

METHODS:

A 50-year-old man with a Taser injury 1.5 cm below the right lower eyelid margin was admitted to the emergency department of a tertiary hospital. The case report describes the ophthalmic assessment, investigation, treatment, and outcome of the Taser barb penetrating ocular injury.

RESULTS:

The Taser has a fish hook barb that caused a full-thickness wound adequately large for vitreous to escape when the Taser was removed. Consequently, the scleral wound was repaired and cryopexy was performed. The affected eye made a satisfactory recovery, and the visual acuity was 6/9 with a pinhole 1 week after operation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Any Taser injury around the orbits should raise the suspicion of a penetrating ocular injury. In likely cases, removal of the Taser should be performed in an operating theater under general anesthesia.

PMID:
15808172
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajo.2004.11.039
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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