A comparison of ocular trauma scores in a pediatric population

Abdelhalim Awidi, Courtney L. Kraus

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Objective: Pediatric ocular trauma represents a major concern for ophthalmologists. Delays in presentation, incomplete exams, inaccurate visual acuity (VA) results, and amblyopia can limit accurately predicting final visual outcomes in pediatric eye trauma. We performed a retrospective clinical study to describe the demographics and causes of eye trauma. We also compared 2 ocular trauma scoring systems, one specifically designed for pediatric trauma, to classify injuries and determine which better predicted VA outcomes. A retrospective chart review of 3 years of pediatric globe trauma was performed. Analysis was focused on mechanisms of injury and VA outcomes. Complex factors that may worsen outcomes were recorded. Ocular trauma score (OTS) and pediatric ocular trauma score (POTS) were used to assign Groups 1-5 to each case. Group 1 was poorest prognosis, Group 5 best. Association between Group and final VA was examined. Accuracy of the two systems was compared. Results: 23 children met eligibility criteria (13 male). Initial VA averaged 20/200 (range no light perception (NLP) - 20/20). Final VA was 20/150 (range no light perception (NLP) - 20/20). Objects of injury were sharp metallic household objects (7), miscellaneous (4), toys (3), BB pellets (2), stick/wood (2), pencil/pen (1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number569
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 11 2019


  • Eye injuries
  • Ocular trauma score
  • Pediatric eye trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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