The Child with an Open Eye Injury

  • Jonathan S. Daitch


An 8-year-old boy was struck over the right eye with a stick. The incident occurred at midnight. Cursory examination in the emergency room revealed a cut right upper eyelid and a corneal laceration. Skull films showed an intact orbit. The patient had no significant past medical or surgical history. He had last eaten at 11 PM. The operating room staff was notified of the pending procedure at 2 AM. After discussion with the anesthesiologist, the operation was postponed until 6 AM to allow time for gastric emptying.

The child arrived in the holding area accompanied by his mother. He had patches on both eyes, and an intravenous line was in place. He was crying and resisting all attempts at examination. Diazepam 1.5 mg was administered intravenously, and good sedation was achieved. The remainder of the physical examination was unremarkable except for a loose upper incisor.


Intraocular Pressure Aqueous Humor Extraocular Muscle Vitreous Humor Posterior Chamber 
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