Eye Injuries to Children – Causes, Safety Measures and Prevention


There are over 100,000 incidents of eye injury in the United States every year. According to the University of Michigan – Kellogg Eye Center – over 90 % of all eye injuries are preventable with better safety measures and supervision. Over half of victims of eye injuries are under the age of 25. Parents and caregivers can set a good example for children by wearing protective eye wear when using power tools, lawn mowers, and other tools that may cause an eye injury. In addition, the following safety tips should be followed for children:

Select games or toys that are age appropriate;
Do not allow children to ignite or stand near fireworks;
Keep children a safe distance from lawn mowers (stones and other debris are subject to being thrown out by moving blades and parts);
Keep chemicals and other harmful sprays and liquids away from children; and
Safeguard the home from protruding objects that could poke or injure an eye.

You can read the full article from the University of Michigan – Kellogg Eye Center at Eye Injuries – Preventing Eye Injuries – Eye Safety at Home – Eye Safety at School – Eye Safety During Sports.

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