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June 1, 2005

Understanding Eye Trauma Through Computer Modeling

Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(6):833-834. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.6.833

The treatment of eye injuries has improved dramatically with new surgical and medical techniques, yet the most efficient and cost-effective protocol for trauma management is prevention. To prevent injuries, it is essential to understand injury etiology. Eye injuries caused by external factors such as impacting objects, chemicals, and electromagnetic radiation are the most readily recognized and publicized. The fact that there are more than 1000 industrial eye injuries a day in the United States makes it a public health problem for which preventive measures should be developed. Less obvious eye injuries that weaken the eyewall and increase the likelihood of globe rupture are those caused by surgical procedures such as radial keratotomy, hexagonal keratotomy, penetrating keratoplasty, and large-incision cataract surgery.

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