Anaesthesia for open eye injuries
Keywords:open eye injuries, ocular injuries, anaesthesia
Ocular injuries are a significant global health problem with 19 million cases of unilateral blindness. The greatest proportion of open eye injuries are due to blunt trauma. Intraocular foreign bodies and penetrating injuries account for the remainder. In South Africa, males have a greater risk of ocular trauma with exposure to high-risk occupations (industry and agriculture), as compared to females. The majority of patients are between the ages of 21 and 40 years.1 Nearly half of all ocular traumatic injuries occur in children usually during unsupervised play in the home.2
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