J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2021 Apr 8. Epub 2021 Apr 8.
Trauma & Combat Medicine Branch, Surgeon General's Headquarters, Israel Defense Forces, Ramat Gan, Israel. Department of Medicine 'B', Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan, Israel; affiliated to Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. Department of General Surgery and Transplantation-Surgery B, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel. The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Safad, Israel. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland Surgeon General's Headquarters, Israel Defense Forces, Ramat Gan, Israel Research and Academic Division, Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps, Ramat Gan, Israel; Department of Military Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel.
Background: Ocular injuries account for up to 13% of battle injuries, despite the implementation of advanced protective eyewear (PE). This study aims to describe the extent of ocular injuries over the last years among Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers, and to examine the change in PE policy introduced in 2013 and the effect of a high-intensity conflict on ocular injury characteristics.
Methods: This retrospective registry-based analysis derived data from the IDF Trauma Registry (IDF-TR) and included soldiers who sustained combat-related ocular injuries between the years 2013 and 2019. Read More