A study of perforating eye injuries at the Ophthalmology Department, National University of Malaysia

Med J Malaysia. 1997 Mar;52(1):12-6.


One hundred and sixty seven (167) perforating eye injuries involving 159 patients were analyzed in a retrospective study over a three-year period. The degree of blindness and their associated factors were determined. Most patients were in the first three decades of life and were males. One hundred and seven (64%) eyes had vision of 3/60 or worse at initial assessment. Of these only 45% of eyes had improved vision to 6/36 or better at six months of follow-up. Fifty-five per cent of eyes were blind. The only significant associated factor identified was the extent of injury. Age, time interval and mechanism of injury were not significant factors.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blindness / etiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eye Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Malaysia / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vision, Ocular