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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 285942, 2 pages
Case Report

Ocular Trauma from the “Knockout Game”

Colorado Retina Associates, PC, 8101 E Lowry Boulevard, Suite 210, Denver, CO 80230, USA

Received 5 May 2014; Accepted 3 July 2014; Published 13 July 2014

Academic Editor: J. Fernando Arevalo

Copyright © 2014 Brian C. Joondeph. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The “knockout game” is a new form of urban violence receiving much attention in local and national media. Apart from the obvious head trauma, eye injuries may be subtle and overlooked. This report brings awareness of potential eye damage with this type of assault. This report is of a young woman, victim of the knockout game, who sustained a submacular hemorrhage. Beyond a neurologic evaluation for anyone knocked unconscious following the knockout game, patients should be counseled regarding potential ocular injury and encouraged to seek eye care promptly should symptoms develop.