Corneoscleral Laceration and Ocular Burns Caused by Electronic Cigarette Explosions

Grace L. Paley, Elizabeth Echalier, Thomas W. Eck, Augustine R. Hong, Asim V. Farooq, Darren G. Gregory, Anthony J. Lubniewski

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Purpose: To report cases of acute globe rupture and bilateral corneal burns from electronic cigarette (EC) explosions. Methods: Case series. Results: We describe a series of patients with corneal injury caused by EC explosions. Both patients suffered bilateral corneal burns and decreased visual acuity, and one patient sustained a unilateral corneoscleral laceration with prolapsed iris tissue and hyphema. A review of the scientific literature revealed no prior reported cases of ocular injury secondary to EC explosions; however, multiple media and government agency articles describe fires and explosions involving ECs, including at least 4 with ocular injuries. Conclusions: Given these cases and the number of recent media reports, ECs pose a significant public health risk. Users should be warned regarding the possibility of severe injury, including sight-threatening ocular injuries ranging from corneal burns to full-thickness corneoscleral laceration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1018
Number of pages4
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 9 2016


  • electronic cigarette
  • explosion
  • ocular trauma
  • open-globe injury
  • vaping


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