Birmingham Eye Trauma Terminology (BETT): terminology and classification of mechanical eye injuries

Ophthalmol Clin North Am. 2002 Jun;15(2):139-43, v. doi: 10.1016/s0896-1549(02)00004-4.


Lacking a standardized terminology of eye injury types, it is impossible to fulfill a very basic requirement in medicine: that all communications be unambiguous. Accurate interpretation of published research results, which plays an absolutely crucial role in determining how an individual patient with an eye injury is treated, becomes difficult. This article presents an internationally standardized system that finally allows accurate description of eye injuries of all types.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alabama
  • Eye Injuries / classification*
  • Humans
  • Terminology as Topic*