Gun-related eye injuries: A primer

Benjamin P. Erickson, Paula W. Feng, Marcus J. Ko, Yasha S. Modi, Thomas E. Johnson

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Gun-related eye injuries are relatively common in the context of gunshot wounds to the head and neck. Many of the fundamental principles of gunshot wound management apply to the care of these patients, but the complex anatomy and functional relationships of the periocular region do pose special challenges. We provide a focused primer for physicians seeking a more in-depth understanding of gun-related eye injuries and present 3 representative cases outlining the spectrum of pathology, provide a focused review of the relevant ballistics concepts, and discuss the management of injuries to the periocular soft tissues, orbital structures, and globe. We found that good cosmetic and functional results can often be achieved with appropriate early intervention, but visual prognosis may remain guarded despite optimal treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages12
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • foreign body
  • globe
  • guns
  • gunshot wounds
  • orbit
  • periocular soft tissue injury
  • sclopetaria
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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