As an ophthalmologist, one of the most serious ocular emergencies you may encounter is a ruptured globe. This occurs when the outer layer of the eye, known as the sclera, is torn or punctured, allowing the contents of the eye to leak out. This can result in significant vision loss or even blindness if left untreated.
If you suspect a ruptured globe, immediate action is necessary. The first step is to stabilize the eye by placing a protective shield over it and instructing the patient not to move their eye or rub it. Next, refer the patient to a hospital or surgical center with the capability to repair the rupture.
Surgery to repair a ruptured globe typically involves suturing the torn or punctured tissue back together. In some cases, a patch graft may be necessary to reinforce the repair. After surgery, patients will need to follow strict post-operative instructions to prevent complications and promote healing.
Managing and treating a ruptured globe is a complex and delicate process that requires specialized training and expertise. If you suspect a ruptured globe, it is essential to seek immediate care from a qualified ophthalmologist. Remember, early intervention can make all the difference in preserving vision and preventing long-term complications.