This retrospective study documented the demographics of 227 ruptured globes in 223 patients admitted to the Wills Eye Hospital over a two-year period from 1988 to 1990. The risk for a ruptured globe was greatest among 18-to-24-year-old men, during the noon to 8PM time frame, on Saturdays, and in the months of May, June, October, and November. The home was the most common injury setting, followed by the work place and assault. Twenty-four globes (11%) were enucleated within 11 weeks of hospital admission. These cases frequently were the result of assault, blunt-type injuries. A disproportionate number occurred in blacks.