Who Is At Greatest Risk for Eye Injury?

Almost half of the 2.5 million eye injuries reported annually occur in individuals ages 18-45.

While experiencing some of the same types of injuries, fewer occur in individuals over 45 than under. Most likely, this comes from the increased caution and decreased activity usually accompanying aging.

Within the total number of injuries, males receive 73%. Children are the second age group (25%) receiving the most eye injuries.

In general, men tend to take more risks than women. However, concerning children, the cause of increased injury is likely because many people forget that Children Need Eye Protection Too.

It's all fun and games until someone loses and eye

What About the Elderly?

In this age group, falls cause the most eye injuries. The top reason for falls is a loss of balance. Preventing injuries caused by falls starts with a doctor’s visit to address health issues. Then, ensure the home provides sturdy support structures for moving and walkways for everyday activities to stay clear.

Awareness Promotes Prevention

Preventing 90% of eye injuries comes by wearing protective eyewear. Therefore, every home needs at least one pair of safety glasses.

In addition, making the environment itself safer also helps prevent eye injury. Begin by identifying the most likely sources of eye injuries.

  • Projectile objects and flying debris represent about 18% of all reported eye injuries.
  • Blunt object injuries are making up just over 13%.
  • Fingers, fists, and other body parts are third with 10%.
  • Sharp objects like fishhooks and glass shards make up 9% of injuries.

The remaining 50% comes from various sources, including sports equipment, automobile airbags, paintballs, bb guns, pellet guns, furniture, household chemicals, firearms, and fireworks.

Since about as many eye injuries occur at home as in the workplace, everyone should be diligent in preventing Eye Injuries at Home. This means being aware of the most likely causes of injuries and following appropriate measures.