The men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces serve with excellence and commitment to secure our nation both at home and abroad. As such, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) are committed to provide our warriors with quality care that will ensure their health and well-being for years to come.
The Vision Center of Excellence (VCE), a partnership between the DoD and the VA, was established to advance the goal of improving healthcare for our warriors. Its mission is to aid in the treatment and research of visual injuries and disorders. In pursuit of that mission, the VCE believes that the best way to ensure that our Service men and women get the treatment they deserve is to gather data that would be shared; to give researchers and clinicians the information they need to develop more modern preventative measures and treatments, and to give Congress the information it needs to make informed decisions.
Armed with a team of doctors, ocular specialists, programmers and other support personnel, the Defense and Veterans Eye Injury and Vision Registry (DVEIVR) was developed. DVEIVR is the first joint ocular registry that is developed and shared by the DoD and VA. It is a centralized system designed to consolidate ocular related data and to collect the diagnosis, surgical intervention, operative procedures and related treatments, and follow up of each significant eye injury incurred by members of the Armed Forces while serving on active duty. Additionally, this registry provides the capability of analyzing longitudinal outcomes, assessing intervention strategies and enhancing performance improvement.
In DVEIVR, eye care providers, other clinical care practitioners, and researchers now have a tool that allows them to have access to the information needed to develop strategies, that when implemented will enhance and improve patient care and outcomes over that patient’s lifetime.