A 54-year-old man has ended up with a serious eye injury after a durian fruit, weighing over six pounds, landed on his head and knocked him out. It left the man partially blind in his right eye.

The incident occurred in Malaysia while the man, whose identity has not been revealed, was walking under a durian tree at the back of his house, reported Yahoo News.

He lost consciousness after the fruit hit the right side of his face. He was not wearing any head or eye protection. Though he came to his senses in five minutes, the man noticed that his right vision was poor. His family took him to a hospital immediately.

"On examination, there were multiple puncture abrasions over the right cheek and forehead. He also sustained a right upper lid laceration," according to a report published Monday in the medical journal Cureus.

The man suffered an open globe injury to his right eye. A CT scan also revealed dislocated lens. He, however, had no fractures.

Emergency surgery was performed and doctors removed a 3-mm thorn from the man's eye. They also stitched up the wound.

The man was given medication, including steroid prednisone, to assist with his recovery. Though he was warned the eye could become inflamed later, the man turned down further treatment. The vision on his right eye still remains weak, even after six months.

The medical journal added that only four cases of ocular durian injury have been reported so far.

Durian is a tropical fruit distinguished by its large size and spiky, hard outer shell. It has a pungent smell but the flesh tastes sweet. The fruit, native to the Indonesian island of Borneo and Sumatra, is highly nutritious.

A similar case was reported a few years ago on the Indonesian island of Bali. Local outlets said a 65-year-old man, identified as Tubuh I Made Kusman, was found dead in a durian orchard. He suffered a severe head wound. His family found a big durian fruit near his body in the orchard. Police said the man was not wearing a protective head or eye gear.

Online orders are still only a fraction of business for durian traders in Malaysia
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