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[Correspondence] Ocular injuries caused by less-lethal weapons in France

02 Nov 2019

Since the introduction of so-called less-lethal weapons in France in the late 1990s, there has been no legal requirement to collect data on injuries induced by kinetic impact projectiles, and no epidemiological surveys have been planned. To estimate the number of patients with ocular injuries caused by the use of these defensive tools, a retrospective survey was sent to all ophthalmology department chairs in French university hospitals, which are where the most severe cases are managed. Demographic data, date of trauma, initial ophthalmological examination and any specialised investigations, initial and immediate surgical management of the injury, follow-up, and visual prognosis were documented and transmitted anonymously.

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