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Volume 24

October - December 2008 (Part-I)

Number  5


 

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Determination of visual status of Iranian
veterans 17-25 years after injury

Mohammad Ghassemi-Broumand1, Zohreh Amiri2

ABSTRACT

Objective: To investigate the current visual status of Iranian veterans.

Methodology: Eight hundred veterans, with a history of penetrating ocular injuries were examined 17-25 years after injury during Iraq - Iran war. Their age, gender, the injured eye, the ocular components involved and their final visual acuity were recorded.

Results: Ninety nine percent of there veterans were male and 58.1% were in the age of 31-40 years. The left eye was involved in 39.4%, the right in 34.4% and 26.2% had bilaterally eye involvement. The cornea was the most commonly involved component (23.4%) and optic nerve the least (1%). The results showed 33.5% were enucleated.

Conclusion: Ocular penetrating injuries can lead to devastating visual outcomes of blindness. Prompt management of these injuries by adequately trained surgeons can lead to better outcomes. As a preventive measure, the use of eye protectives is also recommended.

KEY WORDS: Penetrating eye trauma, Visual acuity, Warfare patients.

Pak J Med Sci    October - December 2008 (Part-I)    Vol. 24 No. 5    673-677

How to cite this article:

Ghassemi-Broumand M, Amiri Z. Determination of visual status of Iranian veterans 17-25 years after injury. Pak J Med Sci 2008;24(5):673-77.


1. Mohammad Ghassemi-Broumand, MD,
Associate Professor,
2. Zohreh Amiri, PhD,
Assistant Professor,
1-2: Shahid Beheshti University (M.C),
Damavand Ave,
Tehran Iran.

Correspondence

Dr. Mohammad Ghassemi-Broumand,
Associate Professor,
Faculty of Rehabilitation,
Shahid Beheshti University (M.C),
Damavand Ave, Tehran Iran.
E- mail: m_ghbr_oph@yahoo.com

* Received for Publication: November 10, 2007
* Revision Received: July 1, 2008
* Revision Accepted: July 25, 2008



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