Legislation may provide eye trauma relief

January 1, 2008

Congress is awaiting presidential approval of legislation designed to improve the ability of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Veterans Health Administration to treat members of the military who have suffered serious eye injuries while on active duty.

Washington, DC-Congress is awaiting presidential approval of legislation designed to improve the ability of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Veterans Health Administration to treat members of the military who have suffered serious eye injuries while on active duty.

The legislation, which Congress passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, would establish a Center of Excellence within the DoD to improve the tracking, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for service members who have incurred eye injuries. It also would create a formal registry that would house electronic records and enable the DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs to share patient information. The measure passed by Congress does not provide for funding for the center or registry, however.

The legislation was presented to President George W. Bush Dec. 19, but Dec. 28 he announced that he was withholding approval.