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Distracted pedestrian sustains orbital fracture while on cell phone

Authors Edell AR, Jung JJ, Solomon JM, Palu RN

Received 6 December 2012

Accepted for publication 5 February 2013

Published 3 April 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 671—673

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S41257

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Aimée R Edell, Jesse J Jung, Joel M Solomon, Richard N Palu

Department of Ophthalmology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Abstract: Use of cell phones in the general population has become increasingly commonplace. The distracting effects of cell phones among automobile drivers are well established, and legislation prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while driving in several states. Recent research has focused on the similar distracting effects of cell phones in the pedestrian population. In this report, an older gentleman suffered extensive facial trauma requiring surgery as a direct effect of cell phone use at the time the trauma occurred. This case highlights the role that portable electronic devices can play as a cause of ocular trauma.

Keywords: orbital fracture, ocular trauma, orbital floor fracture, cell phone distraction, pedestrian safety

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