The application of clinical registries in ophthalmic trauma—the International Globe and Adnexal Trauma Epidemiology Study (IGATES)

for IGATES Study Group -an Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society Initiative, Sean Ming Sheng Ng, Rebecca Low, Annette Hoskin, Andres Rousselot, Dinesh Visva Gunasekeran, S. Natarajan, Gangadhara Sundar, Caroline Ka Lin Chee, Chitaranjan Mishra, Parveen Sen, Eli Pradhan, Yunia Irawati, Tengku Ain Kamalden, Mehul Shah, Hua Yan, Fasika A. Woreta, Prem S. Subramanian, Ferenc Kuhn, Stephanie L. WatsonRupesh Agrawal

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Ophthalmic trauma is a leading cause of preventable monocular blindness worldwide. The prevalence of ophthalmic trauma varies considerably based on geographic location, socio-economic status, age groups, occupation, and cultural practices such as firework celebrations. Clinical registries are known to be valuable in guiding the diagnosis, management, and prognostication of complex diseases. However, there is currently a lack of a centralized international data repository for ophthalmic trauma. We draw lessons from past and existing clinical registries related to ophthalmology and propose a new suitable international multicenter clinical registry for ophthalmic trauma: the International Globe and Adnexal Trauma Epidemiology Study (IGATES). IGATES is hosted on a secure web-based platform which exhibits user-friendly smart features, an integrated Ocular Trauma Score (OTS) prognosis calculator, efficient data collection points, and schematic graphical software. IGATES currently has 37 participating centers globally. The data collected through IGATES will be primarily used to develop a more robust and improved ophthalmic trauma prognostic classification system, the Ocular Trauma Score-2 (OTS-2), which builds on previous systems such as the Birmingham Eye Trauma Terminology System (BETTS) and Ocular Trauma Score (OTS). Furthermore, IGATES will act as a springboard for further research into the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of ophthalmic trauma. Ultimately, IGATES serves to advance the field of ophthalmic trauma and improve the care that patients with ophthalmic trauma receive. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
JournalGraefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Nov 2021


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