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The United States Eye Injury Registry: Past and Future Directions

Published:December 30, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.11.026
      Worldwide, eye trauma is a significant burden and the leading cause of monocular blindness.
      • Leonard R.
      Statistics on Vision Impairment: A Resource Manual.
      An estimated 3.15 per 1000 population eye injuries are treated every year in emergency departments throughout the United States.
      • McGwin G.
      • Owsley C.
      Incidence of emergency department-treated eye injury in the United States.
      Additionally, nearly one third of patients with serious eye trauma do not regain vision to better than 20/200.
      • Kuhn F.
      • Morris R.
      • Witherspoon C.D.
      • Mann L.R.
      Epidemiology of blinding trauma in the United States Eye Injury Registry.
      Despite the availability of data on the incidence and causes of eye injury in the United States, a paucity of population-based data exists on visual outcomes and treatment methods. Furthermore, currently no active eye trauma registry exists that monitors the outcomes of eye trauma to guide management and policies.
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      • Re: Chen et al.: The United States Eye Injury Registry: past and future directions (Ophthalmology. 2021;128:647-648)
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          The editorial contributed by Chen et al1 provides an overview of the United States Eye Injury Registry’s (USEIR) activities and highlights the importance of a comprehensive eye trauma registry. We commend the authors for raising these critical issues for the field of ocular trauma, which needs greater attention and resources. Registries are an effective method of data collection and have been used successfully in ophthalmology.2 Data published from registries have informed critical health service interventions, including the optimization of clinical care pathways and the development of prevention strategies.
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