Large subconjunctival emphysema causing diplopia and lagophthalmos

Igor Kaiserman

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PURPOSE. To describe a patient who developed diplopia, lagophthalmos and exposure keratopathy due to a large subconjunctival emphysema. METHODS. A 24-year-old man sustained an injury in his left eye from a compressed air hose. The patient complained of pain and diplopia. He underwent slit-lamp examination, funduscopy and computed tomography. RESULTS. Ophthalmic examination revealed a decrease in vision in the left eye to 0.5, a conjunctival laceration adjacent to the medial limbus, subconjunctival hemorrhage, a large subconjunctival emphysema, lagophthalmos, hypertropia and superficial punctate keratopathy. The posterior pole was intact as were the orbital bones. Two weeks after the injury the conjunctival emphysema, diplopia, lagophthalmos and superficial keratopathy resolved, and visual acuity improved to 1. CONCLUSIONS. Large subconjunctival emphysema can result in diplopia, lagophthalmos and exposure keratopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-87
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Diplopia
  • Exposure keratopathy
  • Lagophthalmos
  • Subconjunctival emphysema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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