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October 1986

Racket-Sports Ocular Injuries: The Tip of the Trauma Iceberg

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(10):1453-1454. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050220047023

The national trend toward physical fitness has propelled sports into an important cause of ocular trauma. At the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, sports accounted for 23% of all ocular trauma admissions and for nearly 50% of the hyphema admissions (H.H. Slansky, S. Depperman, F. Benson, et al, unpublished data, 1980). Nearly one third of the injuries related to sports and recreation are suffered by children under the age of 15 years. The cost, in terms of medical care and personal disability, is staggering. Ironically, almost all of the injuries are preventable.

See also pp 1435 and 1473.

Five years ago, this alarming increase in sports-induced ocular injuries prompted an editorial in The Journal of the American Medical Association.1 Entitled "Eye Trauma in Sports: A Preventable Epidemic," the editorial methodically outlined the epidemiologic principles and investigative techniques to be employed in stemming this epidemic. Unlike other epidemics, this

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