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Vision Center of Excellence Worldwide Ocular Trauma Video Teleconference JTS Newsletter

The VCE’s Worldwide Ocular Trauma Video Teleconference (VTC) is a monthly meeting where providers and support organizations discuss ocular trauma cases from point of injury through the most recent level of care.

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Indirect Traumatic Optic Neuropathy (ITON)

https://cms.vce.health.mil/Resources/Articles/Indirect-Traumatic-Optic-Neuropathy

Indirect traumatic optic neuropathy (ITON) refers to optic nerve injury resulting from impact remote to the optic nerve. The mechanism of injury is not understood, and there are no confirmed protocols for prevention, mitigation or treatment. Most data concerning this condition comes from case series of civilian patients suffering blunt injury, such as from sports- or motor vehicle-related concussion, rather than military-related ballistic or blast damage. Research in this field will likely require the development of robust databases to identify patients with ITON and follow related outcomes, in addition to both in-vivo animal and virtual human models to study the mechanisms of damage and potential therapies.

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Advancing Vision Care Paramount for Service Members Health

U.S. Navy Capt. Penny Walter, executive director, Department of Defense Vision Center for Excellence, discusses eye injuries and treatments to repair vision for service members

U.S. Navy Capt. Penny Walter, executive director, VCE, spoke at the National Museum of Health and Medicine during Healthy Vision Month on May 26, 2015 on certain types of eye injuries and the treatments being developed to repair vision for service members.

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Vision Assessment Important to TBI Care

Vision Assessment

Concussion can cause changes to vision that are sometimes overlooked during an initial medical evaluation. Vision experts stress that eye exams should be part of the diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Save Your Vision Infographic

Save Your Vision Infographic

Save Your Vision Around the Clock
From morning till night, small changes can make a big difference to save your vision.

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Eye Injuries Avoidable Doctor Says

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Anthony Aguilar wears the ballistic protective eyewear

The Defense Department wants service members to take care of their eyes by wearing eye protection when performing dangerous work, reducing eye strain and routinely undergoing eye examinations.

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War Yields Lessons in Preventing Treating Eye Injuries

Ballistic eye protection, as worn here by Army Cpl. Justin L. Gessert, a 327th Infantry Regiment soldier.

Ten years of conflict has given rise, not only to the world’s best body armor and state-of-the-art battlefield technologies, but also a new understanding about ways to prevent eye injuries and treat those who suffer from them.

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Chemical Warfare

Education and training for Service members and civilians are key to proper identification and response to chemical weapon attacks.

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Ocular Ultrasound Use by Non Ophthalmologists in Trauma

Different Examples of Eye Shields

Ocular injury requires expert care and treatment by an ophthalmologist. The primary role of the non-ophthalmologist is to suspect and identify an ocular injury that requires further care and to expedite transfer, minimizing added trauma along the way.

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New Consortium to Support Vision Research

Wounded warriors with traumatic eye injuries may have a chance to see again with the support of a new research effort called the Horus Vision Restoration Project coordinated by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

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Eye Injury Registry Promises to Advance Vision Care

Lt. Cmdr. Lewis Fermaglich, a medical officer, examines a local man’s eye in Trailer Town, Iraq.

Military and Veteran Affairs Department officials are launching a first-of-its-kind eye injury and vision registry to help improve care for the many service members who have returned home from war with ocular damage.

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Harnessing the Power of Information Technologies for the Visually Impaired

In August 2011, the DoD/VA Vision Center of Excellence Consensus Conference on Technology for the Visually Impaired addressed the opportunities and challenges related to digital information technologies, the impact of current federal regulations, and tips for ensuring information technologies are accessible and usable to all persons with a disability.

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Focus on Capabilities Not Disabilities Sports and Recreation for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Service members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans are affected by many visually disabling conditions, including combat eye injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related visual dysfunction, and age-related eye diseases.

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Effect of Smartphones on Vision and Health of Service Members

As much as we depend on our mobile devices for viewing and responding to emails, checking the weather, reading headline news and posting status updates on Facebook, our smartphones may be causing vision problems. Staring at those tiny screens can bring on an array of eye issues, such as blurred vision, headaches, sore eyes, headaches, muscle strain and dry eye.

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Contact Lens Use in Theater

The use of contact lenses in environmentally unpredictable, austere and unhygienic environments inherently found in field conditions and combat theaters (i.e., dry, dusty, dirty), places vision health at an unnecessary risk for injury or even permanent vision loss.

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Vision Care After TBI: New Clinical Recommendation for Best Practices

Clinical Recommendations for The Eye Care Provider

The Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) recently released a new clinical recommendation and support tools to help eye care providers identify and treat Service members and Veterans who have sustained eye- or vision-related disturbances following a blast exposure or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Shield to Save

Serious eye injuries can occur at home, at work and on the battlefield. Since 2000, preventing and tracking of military-related eye injuries has become an area of increased focus for the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program.

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Treatment of Traumatic Eye Injuries Memorandum Signed

This memo outlines how VCE will continue to work alongside both military and civilian organizations to ensure that only evidence-based management and equipment is used in the event of ocular trauma.

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Biological Agents and Their Effects on the Eye

Optometrist lens tool

Given the potential for biologic warfare, an understanding of its health consequences including those related to ocular health is vital for training and containment efforts.

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USU Ocular Trauma Course Critical for Teaching Advanced Eye Surgery and Maintaining Readiness

An ophthalmologist and orbital oculoplastics specialist operates on a trauma patient who sustained extensive eye injures during a combat operation in Iraq.

The Ocular Trauma Course at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences helps prepare military ophthalmologists by allowing them to practice new techniques on simulators.

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Vision Center of Excellence Promotes Eye injury Research

Army Pfc. Douglas K. Phillips shows the damage to his face and his eye protection from a small-arms attack

Next month will mark a major milestone in advancing care for wounded warriors suffering debilitating eye injuries with a ribbon-cutting at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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Vision Care Coordinator Improves Eye Care for Injured Service Members

Ophthalmologist prepares to cut a suture during a trauma surgery to repair a patient's eye

For military service members suffering eye trauma anywhere in the world, it is important to find a facility where an ophthalmic surgeon can operate on the eye quickly. It is also important to make sure that patients get timely follow-on care with the right ocular specialists as service members make their way home. Jo Ann Egan is the Vision Care Services Coordinator for the Department of Defense Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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