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Severe Ocular and Periocular Injuries Caused by an Ostrich

Chaudhry, Imtiaz A. M.D., Ph.D.; Al-Sharif, Abdulrahman M. M.D.; Hamdi, Mohammad M.D.

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: May 2003 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 246-247
doi: 10.1097/01.IOP.0000066651.23250.2A
Brief Reports

An adult was attacked by an ostrich and suffered severe ocular and periocular injury, with permanent loss of vision. Fragments of ostrich beak were removed from the right periorbital laceration. Unprovoked severe bird injuries are rare. To the best of our knowledge, ocular injury caused by an ostrich has never been reported in the ophthalmic literature.

An ostrich pecked a farm worker in the eye and caused permanent visual loss.

Oculoplastic and Orbit Division, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Accepted November 20, 2002.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Imtiaz A. Chaudhry, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, P.O. Box 7191, Riyadh 11462 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. E-mail

©2003The American Society of Opthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.