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Minor Modification, Major Impact

In this months feature, Erin Shriver shares how she saw  the need for change, and explores how she was stirred into action – and why she is urging other ophthalmologists to recognize the same need for change.

For Erin, it all started with an awkward conversation. When faced with a patient who had an orbital floor fracture – the result of intimate partner violence (IPV) – she realized that she didn’t know what to say. And she is not alone. On discovering that 45 percent of IPV-related injuries occur around the eye, it dawned on Erin that other ophthalmologists weren’t getting involved in a clearly important issue – and that it might be because they are also unsure of what to say. Making it her mission to improve matters, Erin began conducting research in earnest and teamed up with an IPV specialist – and she has been leading a global call to action ever since.

Ruth Steer

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