Traumatic Eye Injury in a 14-Year-Old Male

  • Lisa J. Hrushka, OMS IV VCOM–Carolinas, Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Eric S. Wernsman, DO, FACOEP Clinical Faculty, VCOM–Carolinas, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Abstract

A 14-year-old caucasian male presents to the emergency department after being struck by a baseball to the left side of his face. The patient reports that while playing the outfield, he was hit by a line drive to the eye after losing the ball in the sun. He denies wearing glasses or contacts at the time of the injury. He complains of left eye pain and blurry vision but denies loss of consciousness or loss of vision after the accident. He also denies any nausea or vomiting. The patient describes his pain as throbbing which is made worse by eye-opening and bright lights. The patient has no other reported medical history.