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Citation

Heimmel MR, Murphy MA. Curr. Sports Med. Rep. 2008; 7(5): 284-288.

Affiliation

Department of Ophthalmology, Rhode Island Hospital, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI 02903, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2008, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)

DOI

10.1249/JSR.0b013e318186ffc5

PMID

18772689

Abstract

Ocular trauma is a frequent result of sports-related injury during basketball and baseball. A screening sideline examination should be performed immediately to assess vision and evaluate the severity of damage. The team physician should be able to treat minor injuries and identify vision-threatening trauma for immediate referral. Injuries range from minor, including corneal abrasion and foreign bodies, to more severe, including hyphema, orbital fracture, and globe rupture. Resultant damage may be vision-threatening and permanent. Most of these injuries can be prevented with full-time use of sport-specific protective eyewear. Physicians should recommend appropriate eye protection and counsel patients accordingly.


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