Boozman Introduces Bill to Prevent Soldier Eye Trauma

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An eye doctor himself, Congressman John Boozman has introduced a measure that would create a military center aimed at preventing eye trauma among troops in combat.

Boozman, a Republican from Arkansas, says serious eye wounds are among the most common injuries suffered by troops.

The Military Eye Trauma Treatment Act of 2007 would create a center devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of military eye injuries.  It also would requirre a joint program between the Defense Dept. and Dept. of Veterans Affairs to treat those affected with visual problems caused by traumatic brain injury.

Several members of the House from both parties have signed on to the bill.  A similar measure has been introduced in the Senate.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)