Managing eye trauma in the combat environment

Morohunranti O. Oguntoye, Robert A. Mazzoli

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Life, limb, and eyesight are the three emergency conditions that require immediate attention. Ocular injuries have been the fourth most common injury during Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). Despite this, battlefield eye injuries often go unrecognized. Even when an eye injury is recognized, it is often managed incorrectly. Incorrect management of eye injury can lead to permanent vision loss, causing significant lifelong morbidity. This chapter reviews the performance of expedient eye exams, identification and management of key ocular injuries requiring emergent intervention by non-ophthalmologists, and how to protect the eyes when transporting patients with injured eyes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFront Line Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Approach
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319567808
ISBN (Print)9783319567792
StatePublished - Jul 21 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Corneal abrasion
  • Eye injury
  • Intraocular foreign body
  • Ocular trauma
  • Open globe
  • Ophthalmology
  • Retrobulbar hemorrhage
  • Vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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