Ocular trauma caused by exploding glass bottles containing dry ice and water

Ophthalmic Surg. 1990 Sep;21(9):628-31.


We treated three patients with severe ocular injuries caused by exploding glass bottles containing a mixture of dry ice chips and water. One patient had a corneal laceration and traumatic cataract with several retained intraocular glass fragments. The second had a scleral laceration without corneal or lenticular involvement. The third suffered a corneal-scleral laceration, with a total retinal detachment. Following surgery, two patients recovered 20/20 vision; the third patient regained only light perception.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cataract / etiology
  • Child
  • Cornea / surgery
  • Corneal Injuries
  • Dry Ice*
  • Explosions*
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / etiology
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / surgery
  • Glass*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery
  • Sclera / injuries
  • Sclera / surgery
  • Visual Acuity
  • Water*


  • Dry Ice
  • Water