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Management of Devastating Ocular Trauma - Experience of Maxillofacial Surgeons Deployed to a forward Field Hospital
  1. Major Mark Ansell, RAMC, Trainee in Maxillofacial Surgery1,
  2. Breeze J, Head and Neck Research Fellow2,
  3. McAlister VC, Canadian Forces Medical Service and Professor3 and
  4. Williams MD, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon4
  1. 1Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth mark.ansell{at}
  2. 2Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
  3. 3University of Western Ontario, Canada
  4. 4Eastbourne District General Hospital, East Sussex, Deployed Consultant Role 3 Hospital Kandahar


Combat-related eye injuries continue to increase in frequency and are generally secondary to Improvised Explosive Devices. Many ocular injuries are potentially preventable by the wearing of ballistic eye protection. The management of penetrating eye trauma is normally outside the routine practice of maxillofacial surgeons in the UK. The aim of this paper is to describe the surgical techniques used in the modern management of devastating ocular trauma including selected case examples managed by British military maxillofacial surgeons deployed to Afghanistan.

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