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J Fr Ophtalmol. 2004 Feb;27(2):206-10.

The Birmingham Eye Trauma Terminology system (BETT).

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  • 1American Society of Ocular Trauma, Birmingham, USA. fkuhn@mindspring.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the international eye injury scene and design a standardized terminology for mechanical eye injuries.

METHODS:

Surveys of practicing ophthalmologists and an extensive review of the international ocular trauma literature. Development of the Birmingham Trauma Terminology (BETT) using a logic-based approach.

RESULTS:

BETT always uses the entire globe as the tissue of reference. Its well-defined terms encompass all types of mechanical eye injury. A one-to-one relationship exists between terms and clinical conditions.

CONCLUSION:

BETT provides an unambiguous, consistent, simple, and comprehensive system to describe any type of mechanical globe trauma. Endorsed by several societies and peer-reviewed journals as the standardized international language of ocular traumatology, BETT is expected to become the preferred terminology for categorizing eye injuries in daily clinical practice.

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