Assessing the impact of firearm-related eye injuries

Analysis of a national registry of trauma cases in the US has revealed there were 8715 ocular injuries linked to firearms between 2008 and 2014

New research has highlighted that close to one in four cases of firearm-related ocular injury in the US occurred in patients younger than 21.

The study, which was published in JAMA Ophthalmology, analysed information from the National Trauma Data Bank, which is the largest registry of hospitalised trauma cases in the US.

A total of 8715 firearm-related ocular injuries were recorded between 2008 and 2014.

Of these injuries, 22.6% occurred in patients younger than 21 years old.

The most common types of firearm-related ocular injuries were open wound of the eyeball and ocular adnexa, orbital injuries or fractures and contusion of the eye or adnexa.

Most of the injuries were sight-threatening and associated with severe injury and traumatic brain injury.

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