Penetrating Ocular Injury from Taser

Case Report

Austin J Clin Ophthalmol.2015;2(2): 1047.

Penetrating Ocular Injury from Taser

Cahill CP1 and Jardeleza MSR1*

1Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Health Science Center, USA

*Corresponding author: Jardeleza MSR, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 701 S. Zarzamora Street, MC 07-5, San Antonio, TX 78207

Received: March 19, 2015; Accepted: April 06, 2015; Published: April 27, 2015


We present a case of penetrating globe injury from a Taser resulting in significant ocular morbidity. A 36 year old male was shot in the left eye with a Taser probe by law enforcement officials. Operative removal and repair of globe was performed, however, the eye is left with poor visual potential. With increasing use of Tasers and other Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs) by law enforcement and private consumers, ophthalmologists and emergency physicians must be aware of the potential for more Taser-related eye injuries.

Keywords: Taser; Eye; Trauma; Ocular injury; Penetrating

Case Presentation

A 36 year old male was airlifted for an emergent ophthalmic evaluation at University Hospital of San Antonio after sustaining a left eye injury from a Taser during an incident with local law enforcement. Emergency personnel at the scene used a makeshift foam device to cover the eye without disturbing the protruding foreign body. Upon presentation, visual acuity was limited to light perception. Examination revealed a metallic, cylindrical foreign body penetrating the anterior surface of the eye at the 9 o’clock position of the limbus (Figure 1). The anterior chamber was mildly shallow with a hyphema, and the pupil was distorted nasally. Computed tomography scan of the orbits revealed the Taser probe, approximately 4 centimeters in length and 0.5 centimeters in width, with its pointed end located at the posterior wall of the medial globe. The globe was deformed, and posterior penetration of the eye wall could not be ruled out on imaging (Figure 2). The second Taser probe fired did not strike the patient, and no electrical shock was administered. Examination of the right eye was unremarkable.