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Robert A Mazzoli; The Vision Center of Excellence (VCoE): Ocular Combat Injuries and the Continuum of Ocular Casualty Care. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2018;59(9):2557.
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The VCoE leads and advocates for programs and initiatives with the following three inter-related goals: to improve vision health, optimize readiness, and enhance quality of life for Service members and Veterans. By working to improve vision health, optimizing readiness and enhancing quality of life for Service members and Veterans, VCoE promotes collaboration, facilitates integration and serves as an advocate for vision across DoD and VA healthcare systems. Further collaborative efforts with other federal healthcare organizations, academia and private sector organizations allow VCE to enhance development of VCoE program priorities for research and quality care initiatives.Combat ocular casualties--which are characterized by mass casualties with ocular polytrauma, affecting more than one ocular structure--are increasingly common in civilian practice as a consequence of domestic terrorism, industrial accidents, and natural calamities. The military experience in treating these injuries provide important lessons learned for the civilian community. Examining the types of injuries and understanding the continuum of care provided these casualties can identify critical gaps in prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of traumatic eye injuries.
This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2018 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29 - May 3, 2018.
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