Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 1977  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 9-

Pecking injury of the cornea

MR Chaddah, DC Aggarwal 
 Medical College, Amritsar-Punjab, India

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M R Chaddah
Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College, Amritsar Punjab

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Injuries to the children resulting from the decking of birds are extremely rare.

The long legged shore birds, such as storkes and cranes have been said to defend themselves from children by pecking exactly in the centre of the cornea resulting in a triangular wound with prolapse of the uveal tissues.[1]

Injuries to the human cornea by a cock are rare. In the available literature, we have come across two cases only[2],[3] but none of these cases had a tear of the cornea with iris prolapse as in the present case.

 Case report

A female child aged 2 years was admitted in Ram Lal Eye & E.N.T. Hospital, Amritsar. The parents com­plained that about 3 hours back the left eye of the child was injured by a cock. While the child was playing in the street, a passer-by noticed that a cock belonging to a neighbour was biting the left eye of the child with his beak resulting injury to her left eye.

Ocular examination revealed that the left bulbar conjunctiva, had mild superficial congestion. Exami­nation of the cornea under general aneasthesia showed an arrow shaped perforating wound of the cornea in the outer and lower quadrant. One arm of the wound was touching the limbus at 4 o'clock and the other at 7 o'clock position. There was prolapse of the iris. Hyphaema was filling one third of the anterior chamber. The pupil was irregular. The condition of the lens and fundus could not be seen. Tension was low. Visual acuity could not be recorded as the child was not co-operative.

After abscision of the iris and stitching of the cornea air was injected in the anterior chamber. The patient was put on oral chloramphenicol. The iris was drawn towards the wound resulting in adherent leucoma which was arrow shaped [Figure 1]. The pupil was occluded by organised exudates as a result of which the fundus could not be seen. Patient was discharged on 16th June 1976.


A rare case of pecking injury of the cornea of a child is presented.


1Duke-Elder. S., 1972. Syst. of Ophthal., Vol. XIV. P. 324 Henry Kimpton. London.
2Seefried, 1151. 1972. Wien. Klin. Wschr 63. 210. Quoted in Duke-Elder. Sys. of Ophthal.. Vol. 14, 324.
3Samuels. 1954. Acta. XVII: Int. Cong. Ophth. Montreal. 2. 1481. Quoted in Duke-Elder. System of Opthalmology. Vol. XIV. P. 324. 1972.