• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Seeing results after frightening eye injury

June 23, 2019

It's one of a parent's greatest fears — getting a call from day care that your child has been hurt. That's what happened to Leo Druliner's parents in January.

Leo's mother, Brooke, was at work at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, where she performs colorectal cancer research, when the day care facility Leo attended called to tell her he hurt his eye following a fall.

"When I got there, it was apparent that the injury was more extreme," Brooke says. "The material of Leo's left eye appeared to be coming out. I would learn later that this was because his eye had ruptured."

Swift, skilled care

Brooke immediately took her 16-month-old toddler to Mayo Clinic's Department of Emergency Medicine, where Jenny Wang, M.D., an ophthalmologic surgery resident, evaluated Leo. She told Brooke and Brooke's husband, Aaron, that their son would need emergency surgery.

"The white of the eye had a lot of bleeding under the surface. It looked like the eye had a full-thickness laceration," Dr. Wang says. "I could sense how traumatic this was for his parents."

Dr. Wang performed surgery to repair the ruptured globe in Leo's eye alongside Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon Sanjay Patel, M.D.

"He was lucky with the location of the injury. It was at the edge of the cornea and toward the front of the eye," Dr. Patel says. "Lacerations toward the back of the eye can be more vision-threatening because they're often associated with retinal detachment." Read the rest of Leo's story. _____________________________________
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

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