A man in his 50s from Kaohsiung got hit in the right eye several days ago during a badminton game while attempting a smash stroke on the shuttlecock. His eye was so painful he could not open it, and when he went to the hospital to get it checked out, he discovered that there was bleeding in the vitreous humor of the eye, which had sustained a traumatic cataract, reducing his vision to only 0.01. He could only make out the vague impression of fingers being waved in front of his eye, and it was only after emergency vitreomacular micro-incision and laser-assisted cataract surgery that the vision showed some improvement. A doctor advised members of the public to wear eye protection glasses when playing badminton.
According to Wu Pei-chang, a retina specialist in the Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Ophthalmology Department, badminton should be categorized as a dangerous ball game, not only because of the speed at which the shuttlecock flies but also because it is fitted with a hard object on one end. Wu says that many people have come to the emergency room after being hit in the eye with a shuttlecock, causing internal bleeding in the eyeball, retinal tears or a detached retina.
Wu says that an ophthalmoscopic examination and ultrasound scan showed that, fortunately, the patient had not detached his retina, but as bleeding in the retinal blood vessels had got into the vitreous humor, his vision had been affected. On top of this, the patient had a pre-existing cataract problem that was exacerbated by the impact of the shuttlecock. For his vision to be restored as quickly as possible, he had to have two operations, a vitreomacular micro-incision together with laser-assisted cataract surgery.
Photo: Fang Chih-hsien, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報記者方志賢
Wu said that people playing ball sports should be careful, and that ball games such as badminton and golf, as the objects being hit are so small, carry with them a high risk of the eyes being struck, leading to serious damage. In addition to wearing eye protection glasses, should the eyes sustain contact, the person should go and seek medical attention immediately, even if there aren’t any apparent symptoms. Otherwise they might delay treatment until it is too late.
(Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)
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