Vietnamese man loses eye playing golf

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A Hanoian lost his left eye after a golf ball hit his face while playing golf, according to the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology.

The hospital said Tuesday the man, whose name was withheld, was discharged from the hospital one day earlier, with his left eye blinded by a broken eyeball and cornea. His right eye was normal.

The man, in his 50s, was playing golf at the Dong Mo golf course in Ba Vi District late last month when a ball hit his face from a 10 meter distance.

It was such a strong hit that it broke his eyeball immediately, said Dr Nguyen Quoc Anh of the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology.

Anh said it was a rare accident, adding the hospital had recently attended to eye injuries cases caused when playing tennis and badminton.

Most of the patients are middle aged people who play sports in the twilight after work, and the accidents were usually caused by poor eyesight, he said.

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