The incidence of serious eye injury in Scotland: a prospective study

D. S. Morris (Lead / Corresponding author), S. Willis, D. Minassian, B. Foot, P. Desai, C. J. MacEwen

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    PurposeOcular trauma remains an important cause of visual morbidity worldwide. A previous population-based study in Scotland reported a 1-year cumulative incidence of 8.14 per 100?000 population. The purpose of this study was to identify any change in the incidence and pattern of serious ocular trauma in Scotland.MethodsThis study was a 1-year prospective observational study using the British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit reporting scheme among Scottish ophthalmologists. Serious ocular trauma was defined as requiring hospital admission. Data were collected using two questionnaires for each patient 1 year apart.ResultsThe response rate from ophthalmologists was 77.1%. There were 102 patients reported with complete data giving an incidence of 1.96 per 100?000 population, four times less than in 1992. In patients younger than 65 years, the age-adjusted incidence ratio (males/females) indicated a ninefold higher risk of trauma in males. In 25 patients (27.2%), the injured eye was blind (final visual acuities (FVA)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-40
    Number of pages7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


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