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Eye Injuries

Some of the common eye injuries in sport include:

Hyphaema

An injury with a frightening appearance in which there is bleeding in the chamber in front of the eye. Although strict rest is needed after these injuries, they normal result in a full recovery.

Corneal abrasion

The most common eye injury, in which the outer lining of the eye (cornea) is scratched. Treated with eye pad and antibiotic drops, and not too serious if they don't affect the area directly in front of the pupil.

Detached retina

The most serious of the regularly seen eye injuries in sport, and can result in permanent blindness. Josh McGuire of the Brisbane Broncos underwent a 5 hour operation on a detached retina following an accidental poke in the eye from a fellow teammate in Round 8 2011 against the Bulldogs.
Billy Slater eye injury
Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm sporting an eye injury after a Johnathan Thurston tackle in 2008.
(Image sourced from The Sunday Telegraph)