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10 - 14 Sept. 2016, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Penetrating eye injuries in Tunisian children: etiology and visual outcome

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Session Details

Session Title: Presented Poster Session: Ocular Pathologies

Session Date/Time: Sunday 11/09/2016 | 15:00-16:30

Paper Time: 15:20

Venue: Poster Village: Pod 4

First Author: : S.Ben Yahia TUNISIA

Co Author(s): :    S. Gargouri   N. Abroug   I. Ksia   O. Ben Lassoued   S. Ben Yahia   M. Khairallah

Abstract Details


To analyze the pattern and outcome of penetrating ocular injuries in a pediatric Tunisian population.


Department of Ophthalmology, FattoumaBourguiba University Hospital, Monastir, Tunisia.


A retrospective study of 98 patients less than 16 years of age with open globe injuries admitted from January 2004 to June 2015.Patient records were reviewed to determine age, sex, place of injury, cause, site and nature of injury, operations performed and complications. The final visual acuity (FVA) in the injured eye, as well as ocular trauma score (OTS) and pediatric ocular trauma score (POTS) were documented. The mean follow-up was 18 months.


Mean age was 7.3 years. Most of children were male (73.5%). Metallic agents (43.9%) were the commonest cause of open globe injuries. Wounds were involving the cornea only in 83.3%. Main complications included cataract (37.8%), corneal opacity (31.6%), andendophthalmitis (6.1%).Cataract surgery was performed in 35.7% of eyes.FVA was ≥ 20/40 in 27.6 % of eyes and ≤ 20/200 in 17.4 % of eyes. Age younger than 6 years, delay of consultation > 24 hours, and cataract were not predictive factors for poor visual outcome.A low OTS and POTS (Groups 1 and 2) were associated with a poor visual outcome.


In a hospital population, penetrating ocular injuries remain an important cause of blindness among Tunisian children.Prevention, with education of children, parents and carers is required in order to reduce the morbidity from these accidents.

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