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Subspecialties Comprehensive, Health Economics and Policy

No Magic Bullet

The term “rubber bullets” offers a false sense of security when it comes to the eye. A study into the type and severity of ocular and orbital injuries caused by rubber bullets found that orbital fractures are common: “The tissues of the orbit are easily penetrated. If the globe is hit, it is rarely salvageable (1).” Of the 42 patients the researchers assessed, 54 percent had lid or skin lacerations, 40 percent hyphemia, 38 percent ruptured globe, 33 percent orbital fracture, 26 percent retinal damage, and 21 percent retained rubber bullet in or around the orbit. Unfortunately, eye injuries of this kind are becoming increasingly common worldwide.

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Ravi Goel

Ravi D. Goel is an ophthalmologist practicing at Regional Eye Associates, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, USA

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