Retina May Be Sensitive Gauge of Blast-Wave Pressure Injury

Retina May Be Sensitive Gauge of Blast-Wave Pressure Injury

Fluorescent microscopy showing GFAP

July 31, 2017 | Source: Science Daily, sciencedaily.com, 9 June 2017

Although traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a well-recognized consequence of extreme blast waves, it is less appreciated that over 80 percent of combat veterans with TBI also develop visual problems. A new study reports that blast exposure that does not cause detectable changes in the brain can result in long-term retinal injury. Researchers identified early indicators of retinal injury and inflammation that may help detect individuals at risk of visual impairment who would then benefit from more timely treatment.