Ocular injury caused by a bird pecking

Takeshi Fujimoto, Masae Honda, Osamu Arakawa, Taiji Sakamoto, Masahiro Yamamoto, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Hajime Inomata

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Background: We report a case of corneal injury caused by a heron pecking. Case Report: A 50-year-old female was pecked in her left eye by a wild heron. She was brought to Kyushu University Hospital 4 hours later. On examination, visual acuity in the left eye was 0.02 (uncorrectable). Intraocular pressure was not measurable. Slit-lamp examination disclosed a 3-mm linear perforating wound on the central cornea with prolapse of the iris. The anterior chamber was shallow and contained cells and fibrin. The anterior lens capsule was torn and the lens was opaque. The patient was treated by intravenous and topical administration of antibiotic and antifungal agents. The day after injury, the wound in the cornea was sutured, followed by phacoemulsification and aspiration and implantation of an intraocular lens. Results: Postoperatively, the anterior chamber was well-formed. There was no abnormality in the fundus on ophthalmoscopy or on fluorescein angiography. Postoperative visual acuity in the patient's left eye was 0.08 (0.7) 10 weeks after the surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1035
Number of pages3
JournalFolia Ophthalmologica Japonica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology


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