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Retinal Sequelae of Primary Ocular Blast Injuries
  1. K Chalioulias1,
  2. KT Sim1 and
  3. Mr. R. Scott1
  1. Vitreoretinal Unit, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, Dudley Road Birmingham B18 7QH
  1. Birmingham Eye Centre, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH 0121 5543801 0121 5076773

Abstract

Primary ocular blast injury is an uncommon and disputed phenomenon. As personal ballistic protection of the head and torso improves for soldiers, increasing numbers of injuries to the unprotected areas such as the face and eyes may be expected; similarly the increase in the use of improvised explosive devices by insurgent terrorists in Iraq is increasing the number of primary blast injuries being seen by the Defence Medical Services. We report a rare case of primary blast injury to the eye and briefly discuss the literature on the subject.

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