Young Children in Highest Risk Group for Chemical Eye Injuries

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Young Children in Highest Risk Group for Chemical Eye Injuries
Young Children in Highest Risk Group for Chemical Eye Injuries

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young children have the highest rates for chemical ocular injuries, according to research published online Aug. 4 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

R. Sterling Haring, D.O., M.P.H., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues describe epidemiologic trends and risk factors for chemical burns of the eye. Data were analyzed from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample for 900 emergency departments across the United States.

A total of 144,149 chemical ocular burns were diagnosed at emergency departments nationwide from Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2013. The researchers found that 56.6 percent of all cases were men. The median age was 32 years, with female patients presenting at a younger age than male patients (median, 32 versus 34 years; P < 0.001). Children aged 1 and 2 years had the highest injury rates (28.61 and 23.49 injuries per 100,000 population, respectively). Injuries also occurred at an increased rate among adults aged 18 to 64 years (mean, 13.28 per 100,000 population). Alkali injuries were more common than acid injuries (53.6 versus 46.4 percent). Chemical eye injuries most often occurred in residential locations and among those in the lowest and second-lowest income quartiles.

"Young children represent the single highest-risk group for ocular chemical injuries," the authors write. "Education and other interventions concerned with preventing these injuries will be most effective if used accordingly."

One author disclosed financial ties to Bergeim.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters




More in Home

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found to transmit Zika virus

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

And, two young females with tongue piercings have deep lingual infrabony lesions, periodontitis

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of Opioid  Benzodiazepine Use

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of ...

Five-fold increased risk of opioid-related overdose during first 90 days of concurrent use

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »