Penetrating ocular trauma from trampoline spring

Orbit. 2010 Feb;29(1):39-41. doi: 10.3109/01676830903180330.


The case is presented of a 12-year old boy who sustained severe penetrating ocular trauma while playing on a domestic trampoline. A main spring broke under tension and the hook had struck the eye at high velocity and penetrated the sclera. Primary repair was undertaken but on review it became apparent the eye could not be salvaged. Evisceration was carried out and an orbital implant was placed. Post-operative cosmesis is acceptable. This type of injury has not been reported before. Adult supervision of children on trampolines is recommended to minimise the chance of serious injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Child
  • Eye Evisceration
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / etiology*
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orbital Implants
  • Sclera / injuries*
  • Sports Equipment / adverse effects*