Traumatic globe luxation with optic nerve transection

M. S. Bajaj, S. Kedar, A. Sethi, V. Gupta

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Luxation of the globe is a rare event that results from severe trauma to the orbit, often causing orbital rim and wall fractures. Though associated globe rupture often necessitates enucleation, repositioning of the globe can be attempted in these cases if the globe is intact. We report a case of globe luxation and optic nerve transection with its surgical management. A 17-year-old male presented with anterior luxation of the right globe and optic nerve transection following blunt trauma to the orbit. Computerized tomography revealed an anteriorly subluxated globe with complete transection of the optic nerve and multiple fractures of the orbital walls. The orbit was explored and the globe repositioned in the orbit with reattachment of the muscles. Postoperatively, the globe was in normal position with moderate motility and excellent overall cosmesis. Though the visual prognosis in these cases is usually extremely poor and depends on the extent and duration of injury, preservation of the globe not only helps the patient recover psychologically from the trauma but also allows better cosmesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Globe avulsion
  • Optic nerve transection
  • Orbital trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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