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Emergency Treatment of Ocular Trauma

Klaus J. Lipke1, Hermann O.C. Gümbel1
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Ulm Bundeswehr Hospital, Ulm, Germany
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Publication Date:
15 September 2015 (online)


Injuries to the eye and its adnexa are common in head and neck trauma centers. An ophthalmologist experienced in ocular traumatology is not always available. Therefore, every emergency physician should be familiar with the basic evaluation, triage, and management of ocular trauma. Above all, the identification of a need for immediate treatment should be implemented in the algorithm of an emergency room, especially in a head and neck trauma center, to reduce the risk of a devastating loss of vision. This article formulates the different types of ocular trauma and their required first-line therapy.