Traumatic eye injury from an exploding aerosol can

Varun Chandra, Lei Liu and Jonathan B Ruddle
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50009
Published online: 4 March 2019

A 12‐year‐old boy was at a family gathering when he threw a deodorant can on a barbecue with exposed flames. The can exploded, hitting his right eye. At presentation, his right vision was light perception only, with no evidence of significant head injury. Examination revealed hyphaema, a 140 degree superior iridodialysis and temporally subluxated lens (Figure, A and B). Three months later, he underwent iridoplasty, lensectomy and insertion of intraocular lens (Figure, C and D). Three months after the operation, right vision had improved to 6/6 and remained stable at last follow‐up (7 months). He will require lifelong follow‐up for traumatic glaucoma.

  • Varun Chandra1
  • Lei Liu1
  • Jonathan B Ruddle1,2

  • 1 Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC



We thank Richard Smallwood (medical photographer) for contributing the photos used in this report.

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