Pediatric eye injuries related to consumer products in the United States, 1997-2006

Academic Article


  • This study examines which consumer products are most commonly associated with pediatric eye injuries that are treated in emergency departments in the United States. The results demonstrate that, overall, boys experienced proportionally more consumer product-related eye injuries than girls, but eye injuries from specific product categories are more likely to be associated with one sex than the other. Age-specific patterns also revealed that certain product categories are more likely to be associated with eye injuries among different age groups. These findings are salient because children experience a disproportionate amount of ocular trauma, possibly resulting in visual disability or blindness and concomitant developmental delays. Given the heretofore lack of detailed information on products that may contribute to the burden of pediatric eye injuries in the United States, the results of the current study provide valuable information for identifying priorities for prevention and intervention. © 2008.
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    Author List

  • Moren Cross J; Griffin R; Owsley C; McGwin G
  • Start Page

  • 626
  • End Page

  • 628
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 6