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Consumer Guide To Eye Safety

Nearly one million Americans have lost some degree of eyesight due to an eye injury.

Written by experts in eye safety, this collection of articles will help you learn how to keep your eyes and your children's eyes safe — including information on protective eyewear and how to handle common eye injuries.

Browse the list of articles below, or watch our video on Preventing Eye Injuries.

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Study Unexpectedly Reveals Urgent Need To Protect
Toddlers Against Chemical Eye Injuries

Young children are the single highest risk group for ocular chemical injuries, say researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who note that the finding defies previously held assumptions. Prior to their study, adults were thought to be most at risk since they might be exposed to dangerous workplace chemicals.

Baby looks solemnly at us while his hand is on the handle of a kitchen cabinet.
Installing safety locks on your cabinets could prevent a child from suffering chemical burn eye injuries.

The study analyzed data from 900 emergency departments across the United States and found that 1- and 2-year-old children have the highest risk of burning their eyes with chemicals. Fortunately these devastating burns in children usually are avoidable.

Kids are injured largely because they get into chemicals such as household cleaners that are improperly stored, says study leader R. Sterling Haring, DO, MPH. Parents and caregivers need to keep household cleaners and other chemicals, particularly ones in spray bottles, out of reach of young children.

"These are terrible injuries; they occur most frequently in the smallest of children, and they are entirely preventable," Dr. Haring adds. To that point, injuries in kids drop off substantially once they're old enough to understand the dangers. In fact, 1-year-olds are 13 times more likely than 7-year-olds to burn their eyes.

Adults ages 18 to 64 get chemical burns to eyes as well, but the rate is half that of infants. The lower risk of injury to adults is likely due to the fact that businesses that use dangerous chemicals have precautions in place, such as safety goggles and eye-wash stations.

If an adult or a child gets an alkaline agent, like those found in cleansers, in the eye, it's important to immediately flush the eyes with water for many minutes. These products can do a lot of damage, and the longer they stay on the eyes, the more injury they cause.

A report of the study appeared on the JAMA Ophthalmology website in August 2016. — A.H.

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Page updated March 2018