Occupational eye hazard – a case of perforating industrial nail injury to the eye
Purpose: To report the management and outcome of an unusual case of occupational perforating ocular industrial nail injury involving the posterior pole.
Methods: Observational case report. A 48-year-old Chinese male construction worker presented with perforating industrial nail injury.
Results: The patient underwent primary globe repair and foreign body removal followed by staged pars plana vitrectomy with endophotocoagulation and cyclopropane gas tamponade for repair of the vitreous incarceration at the posterior exit wound, a subsequent laser retinopexy with silicone oil tamponade for an inferior retinal detachment extending from the perforation site and finally silicone oil removal with a scleral fixated intraocular lens implant. His best-corrected visual acuity improved to 20/100 six months after the initial injury.
Conclusion: Perforating ocular injuries involving the posterior pole often present with severe visual impairment and significant management challenges. We report a case of perforating ocular nail injury, which was managed successfully with staged surgical procedures.