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    ABSTRACT: To investigate whether recent socio-demographic changes and recent health and safety measures have impacted on the trends of ocular trauma in the South East of Ireland. We retrospectively reviewed all cases of ocular trauma admitted to our department between October 2001 and September 2007, and the following data were retrieved: demographic details; mechanism of injury and nature of injury. During the study period, 517 patients were admitted with ocular trauma. Work-related and home-related activities were the commonest causes of admission, and accounted for 160 (31.8%) and 145 (28.4%) cases, respectively. In 2006/2007, and following the influx of migrant workers from the 10 new EU accession states (EUAS), the incidence of hospitalised ocular injuries per 100,000 was 89 in persons from the EUAS versus 18 in those of Irish origin, P < or = 0.0001. After adding the offence of not wearing a seat belt to the traffic penalty point system in Ireland, the proportion of road traffic accident (RTA)-related ocular injuries dropped significantly from 6.7% to 2.4%, P=0.03. The inclusion of the offence of not wearing a seat belt in the traffic penalty point system may have contributed to the significantly lower proportion of hospitalised ocular injuries attributable to RTAs. Also, the demographic profile of patients admitted because of ocular trauma has changed over the last 6 years, reflected in an increasing proportion of these injuries in persons from the EUAS. These data will inform healthcare providers, and those involved in developing health and safety guidelines for the workplace.
    Injury 06/2009; 41(1):86-91. · 2.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the safety of deferring the ophthalmic review after uneventful phacoemulsification cataract surgery until 2 weeks after the procedure. Waterford Regional Hospital, Waterford, Ireland. After uneventful cataract surgery, 233 patients were randomized to have ophthalmic review 2 hours after the procedure and 2 weeks postoperatively (Group 1) or to forego any ophthalmic review before the 2-week postoperative visit in the outpatient department (Group 2). Of the 115 patients randomized to Group 1, 25 (21.7%) had intraocular pressure (IOP) spikes of 30 mm Hg or greater and 2 (1.7%) had a corneal abrasion in the immediate postoperative period. Group 1 and Group 2 were statistically similar in terms of problems encountered in the first 2 postoperative weeks and anterior segment findings and visual acuity at the 2-week postoperative visit. The results of this randomized controlled study indicate that the first ophthalmic review after uneventful cataract surgery can be safely deferred until 2 weeks postoperatively in patients in whom a transient IOP spike would not be deemed clinically deleterious. Such a policy will enhance the efficiency of day-surgery units.
    Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 10/2007; 33(9):1591-6. · 2.53 Impact Factor