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A recent study reports high occurrences of vision problems in patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Menlo Park, CA-A recent study, "Mechanisms of TBI and Visual Consequences in Military and Veteran Populations," reports high occurrences of vision problems in patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Gregory L. Goodrich, PhD, of the VA Palo Alto (CA) Health Care System and colleagues conducted the study. The results were published in the February issue of Optometry and Vision Science.
The study included Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans who had received blast-related traumatic brain injuries. This type of unique injury involves the distance between an explosion and the solider, causing direct head trauma in one third of blasted-related TBIs.
These results were compared to patients with non-blast related TBIs, mostly those received in vehicle related accidents.
The results showed:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year. TBIs contribute to one-third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.