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Visual function in patients of a polytrauma rehabilitation center: A descriptive study

Gregory L. Goodrich, PhD, et al.

We performed eye examinations on 50 polytrauma patients. Most patients complained of eye problems, including light sensitivity, blurred vision, or vision loss including blindness. Severe vision loss was most often found in patients whose injuries resulted from a blast (improvised explosive device, rocket propelled grenade, or other explosive). Vision loss was less likely to be caused by motor vehicle crashes, gunshot wounds, or falls. The results suggest that eye examinations should be part of the standard of care. Patients and families may benefit from discussing vision conditions with appropriate staff.


Volume 44 Number 7 2007
Pages 929 — 936


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