Eye Injury Medical Data

In current conflicts, eye injuries account for approximately 15 percent of all battlefield traumas.[1]During the same period, the military documented more than 180,000 ambulatory and more than 4,000 hospitalized cases involving eye injury. Serious combat eye trauma from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom was the second most common injury and trails only hearing loss.[2]

In current battlefield conditions, ground soldiers face a variety of assaults that could potentially damage their eyes and impair visual function short- and long-term:

  • Of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation, and Operation New Dawn (OND) veterans diagnosed with eye conditions, including visual problems as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), upwards of 75 percent of them experience short- or long-term visual dysfunction, including double vision, sensitivity to light, and inability to read print, among other cognitive problems. (DoD Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR), Volume 18, No. 5, Eye Injuries, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces 2000-2010 pp. 2-7, May 2011.)

References:

  • [1]Presentation to the Recovering Warrior Task Force, COL Donald A. Gagliano, MD, MHA, Executive Director Mary G. Lawrence, MD, MPH, Deputy Director
  • [2]DoD Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR), Volume 18, No. 5, Eye Injuries, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces 2000-2010 pp. 2-7, May 2011