Epidemiology of motor vehicle crash-related serious eye injuries

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  • The Eye Injury Registry of Alabama has been collecting epidemiologic, treatment, final outcome, and rehabilitation information on serious ocular trauma since 1982. By December 31, 1989, 150 motor vehicle crash-related eye injuries had been registered. This is the largest series of motor vehicle crash-related serious eye injuries reported. The mean age of those injured was 29 years; 61% were between 16 and 35 years of age, and 73% were males. Ten individuals (7%) suffered bilateral eye injuries. The retina was injured in 47% of eyes. The initial visual acuity was 19/200 or worse (legal blindness) in 47% of eyes. Of eyes with at least 3 months of follow-up, 63% had worse than 20/200 initial visual acuity and 41% remained legally blind. Twelve percent of eyes required removal. Possibly due to the large number of blunt ruptures, motor vehicle crash-related eye trauma carries a particularly unfavorable treatment prognosis. Prevention of these injuries is therefore of extraordinary importance. © 1994.
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  • Kuhn F; Collins P; Morris R; Witherspoon CD
  • Start Page

  • 385
  • End Page

  • 390
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 3