Consumer product-related eye injury in the United States, 1998-2002

Academic Article


  • Problem: Eye injury is currently a leading cause of visual impairment and monocular blindness in the United States. Information regarding consumer products associated with eye injuries can have important implications for the prevention of these injuries. Methods: The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) was used to describe the types of consumer products associated with emergency department treated eye injuries in the United States from 1998 through 2002. Results: The leading product type associated with eye injuries was welding equipment followed by household cleaners, basketball equipment, workshop equipment, and adhesives. Eye injuries attributed to hardware, tools, construction, sports, toys, and lawn equipment were more common among males. In females, eye injuries attributable to chemicals, housewares, storage and organization, and bed and bath items were more common. Differences were also apparent across the age spectrum. Conclusion: This study identified specific products and categories of products frequently associated with eye injury and prevention initiatives should focus on these items. Impact on industry: This study has identified consumer products associated with eye injuries requiring medical treatment in the United States. Manufacturers of these products could be encouraged to add or strengthen safety messages regarding the potential for eye injury. © 2006 National Safety Council and Elsevier Ltd.
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    Author List

  • McGwin G; Hall TA; Seale J; Xie A; Owsley C
  • Start Page

  • 501
  • End Page

  • 506
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 5