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US emergency departments see fewer eye injuries in children

The number of eye injuries that required a trip to the hospital dropped between 2006 and 2014

08 Jun 2018 by Selina Powell

A new US study has highlighted a drop in the number of children who suffered eye injuries requiring a trip to the hospital.

Between 2006 and 2014, the number of young patients who received care at an emergency department for an eye injury decreased by 26.1%.

The research, which was published in JAMA Ophthalmologyalso highlighted that most injuries had a low risk for vision loss.

Eye injuries connected to sports or household duties increased, while harm related to motor vehicle accidents, guns and chemical or thermal burns dropped.

The study analysed data from more than 300,000 children up to the age of 17. 

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