About this Research Topic
Ocular trauma is a significant cause of visual impairment worldwide. It is estimated that eighteen million people worldwide have uniocular blindness from traumatic injury. Severe ocular trauma remains a challenge for physicians and may cause permanent blindness even loss of eyeball.
Recently, advances in research have promoted our understanding and management of ocular trauma. Molecular biology of human tissues and animal models have revealed that inflammation and other molecular pathways in the pathogenesis of various types of ocular trauma. The application of in vivo imaging techniques, such as optical coherence tomography, adaptive optics laser scanning ophthalmoscopy, has also helped us better understand the mechanism of damage to ocular tissues by external injuries. The advances of microinvasive vitrectomy, other surgical techniques, and novel surgical materials have improved the outcome of ocular trauma.
This Research Topic aims to bring the readers up-to-date laboratory, imaging, clinical, and epidemiological research on advances in ocular trauma. Firstly, laboratory studies could delight the pathogenesis of ocular trauma and develop potential therapeutic targets and novel methods of treatment. Secondly, imaging and functional investigations may not only identify the pathological and pathophysiological changes of ocular trauma in vivo but also precisely diagnose the disease. Thirdly, novel medical and surgical treatments need the support of high-level evidence from clinical trials. Fourthly, epidemiological studies may provide incidences of ocular trauma and identify its risk factors, which may be the target of preventive intervention.
We sincerely invite investigators to contribute Original Research articles as well as Review articles addressing recent advances in ocular trauma. Original, high-quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Molecular biology on the pathogenesis of ocular trauma
- Animal models of ocular trauma
- Epidemiology of ocular trauma, including incidence, risk factors
- Imaging of anterior and posterior ocular trauma
- Psychophysical and electrophysiological investigation of ocular trauma
- Novel surgical and medical treatment of ocular trauma
- Clinical trial of ocular trauma
- Predictive factor for the outcome of ocular trauma
- Prevention of ocular trauma
Keywords: Ocular Trauma, Intraocular Foreign Body, Endophthalmitis, Ocular Injury, Chemical Burn, Commotio Retinae, Traumatic Macular Hole
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