Veterans with Blast-Induced TBI Have Poorer Vision
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an important health issue, with over 280,000 cases identified in U.S. military members since 2000. Now, new research shows that veterans with blast-induced TBI reported poorer vision quality on questionnaires.
Researchers administered questionnaires to 60 veterans with TBI to determine the effect of blast exposure on perceived visual functioning. Veterans exposed to blasts reported poorer visual quality compared with healthy individuals and some patients with known eye disease.
“Many of the more than 2 million participants in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have returned to civilian life without ocular examinations. We recommend that any patient with a history of combat blast exposure undergo a thorough visual and ocular examination, even in the absence of visual complaints,” Sonne Lemke, PhD, of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, Calif., was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: JAMA Ophthalmology, October 2013
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