Eye Injuries Twice as Common in Men
2 Million Americans Treated for Eye Injuries Each Year
July 20, 2005 -- Men are twice as likely to suffer an eye injury as women,
and white men in their 20s face the greatest risk, according to a new
Researchers found nearly 10 out of every 1,000 men in the U.S. are treated
for an eye injury per year compared with almost five out of every 1,000
Overall, nearly 2 million Americans were treated for eye injuries in
emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, and private doctors' offices in 2001.
Eye Injuries Abound
Researchers say it's the first study to include eye injuries treated by
private doctors as well as in emergency rooms and outpatient clinics in
estimating the number of injuries treated each year in the U.S.
The results, published in the August issue of the Archives of
Ophthalmology, suggest that private doctors treat a large number of eye
injuries among middle-age adults, and previous studies may have underestimated
eye injuries among this age group.
White males in their 20s had the highest rate of eye injuries at more than
20 injuries per 1,000. But researchers also found spikes in eye injuries among
whites in their 50s and blacks in their 30s, 40s, and 70s.
The most commonly treated eye injuries were superficial wounds followed by
foreign objects, contusions, and open wounds.
More than half of all eye injuries were treated in emergency rooms, nearly
40% in doctors' offices, and the rest in inpatient or outpatient
The authors suggest that private doctors' offices should be considered an
important setting for eye injury prevention initiatives.