Stickler syndrome is a group of hereditary conditions characterized by a distinctive facial appearance, eye abnormalities, hearing loss, and joint problems. These signs and symptoms vary widely among affected individuals. A characteristic feature of Stickler syndrome is a somewhat flattened facial appearance. This is caused by underdeveloped bones in the middle of the face, including the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.
There were 102,538 records for eye injuries or foreign bodies in the eye in the VEMD database for the period 1999–06 (6.0% of the total number of records contained in the VEMD). Of these, most (97.3%, n = 99,747) were treated in the emergency department (ED) without admission to hospital