Bleach and floor cleaners are the most common sources of ocular injury

A US study has examined rates of ocular injury from household cleaning products

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The annual number of eye injuries from household cleaning products decreased between 2000 and 2016 in the US.

A new study, published in Eye, found that ocular injuries among young children from cleaning products remained high despite the overall decline.

The rate of ocular exposure to cleaning products was 28.4 per 100,000 US residents among children under the age of six compared to 4.2 per 100,000 in the adult population.

Two-year-olds had the highest exposure rate, at 62.8 per 100,000 residents.

Bleaches, floor cleaners, disinfectants, laundry detergents and glass cleaners were the most common sources of ocular injury over the period.

Ocular exposure to laundry detergent increased by 126% during the study period, in contrast to the overall decline in eye injuries.

Central Ohio Poison Center director, Henry Spiller, highlighted: “Young children, in particular, may burst open the packets, resulting in ingestions as well as skin and eye exposures.”

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