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Br J Sports Med. 2008 Oct;42(10):855-7. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2007.041657. Epub 2008 Jan 15.

Severe surfing-related ocular injuries: the Stanford Northern Californian experience.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University Medical Center, Room W3002, 900 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford, California, USA.

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  • Br J Sports Med. 2009 Apr;43(4):310-1.


There is a growing body of literature describing severe surfing-related ocular injuries that result in permanent vision loss. We describe three severe surfing-related ocular injuries that occurred on beaches in northern California. One particular case stresses the need to tailor treatment to the patient and injury because of the possibility of good outcomes despite severe injury. Attention should also be directed towards commercially available safety gear and providing additional safety measures to prevent other orbital and ocular injuries.

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