Ocular casualties in the six-day war

Giora Treister*

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In the six-day war, 140 of 2,500 casualties (5.6%) suffered combat eye injuries. Shell fragments proved to be responsible for 62% of all ocular injuries; 25% of eye casualties were sustained by tank crews. Almost half of the injured suffered from extraocular foreign bodies, 30% of which were corneal foreign bodies. Double perforations of the globe occurred in 20% of cases. Concussions of the eye proved to be seriously traumatic because of severe intraocular hemorrhages. Bilateral ocular injuries were present in about 26% of cases, but only three casualties suffered a perforating wound of both eyes. There was no case of bilateral excision of the globe, no case of sympathetic ophthalmia and only one case of practical, although not absolute, blindness. Responsible for good results were the policies of no treatment of ocular casualties in the forward echelons and early evacuation to rear installations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-675
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1969
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Society for the Prevention of Blindness
U.S. Public Health ServiceNB-06207


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