Chorioretinitis sclopetaria is a rare form of ocular trauma associated with a high-velocity projectile.


Situation: A high-velocity projectile traverses the orbit without penetrating the globe. Its passage generates shock waves that impact adjacent tissues, including the globe.



(1) The scleral wall of the globe is intact.

(2) There is a full thickness chorioretinal rupture.

(3) The patient experiences a major loss of vision (complete, often no better than 20/400).



(1) A small percent of patients may experience retinal detachment.

(2) Hemorrhage (may include hyphema, vitreous hemorrhage and/or retinal hemorrhage).


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