Ocular changes in traumatic brain injury: A review

Osama Mufti, Sunu Mathew, Alon Harris, Brent Siesky, Kendall M. Burgett, Alice Chandra Verticchio Vercellin

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Traumatic brain injury is represented by a penetrating or non-penetrating head injury, which causes disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. Traumatic brain injury has been an ardently debated topic of discussion due to its prevalence in media centric persons such as military personnel and athletes. Current assessments for traumatic brain injury have looked at vestibulo-ocular and vascular parameters to aid in diagnosis. Innovations in non-invasive ophthalmic imaging have allowed for the visualization of specific tissue structure/function relationships in a variety of ophthalmic and neurodegenerative diseases. As the eye and brain share significant embryological and physiological pathways, ocular imaging modalities may provide a novel and impactful tool in advancing assessment of traumatic brain injury. Herein, we examined the available literature and data on visual fields, mean retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, retinal ganglion cell layer thickness, and cerebral blood flow following traumatic brain injury. This review of published individual and population-based studies was performed in order to explore the feasibility and importance of considering ocular imaging biomarkers following traumatic brain injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-873
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Neuroimaging
  • anatomy/biochemistry/physiology
  • posterior segment complications of trauma
  • retina
  • trauma


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