Children, Teens & Young Adults
Almost half of the 2.5 million eye injuries reported annually occur in individuals ages 18-45. The second largest age group (25%) receiving the most eye injuries is children, often because people often forget that Children Need Eye Protection Too. More specifically, older teens and young adults in their late twenties present the highest numbers within these groups.
Of the total number of injuries, males receive 73% of them.
Older teens and young adults receive the majority of their eye injuries from sports. The rate of injury for this group is highest in sports like basketball, football, soccer and leisure sports (golf, tennis, bowling, etc.). Fighting and typical horsing around account for a significant portion of eye injuries in this age group as well.
Young adults also receive many of their eye injuries from yard work, flying particles in work areas and chemicals. Eye injury for women in this age group also often comes from mascara wands and scratches from fingernails. Also, young adults receive many eye injuries from exploding grills and fireplaces as well as from fireworks.
Older adults are not immune from eye injuries by any means.
Nearly 27% of injuries reported annually occurred with individuals 46 and older.
The same causes of eye injury for older adults are the same as younger people, just not as many. Perhaps this is because caution increases and activity decreases with age, at least for some individuals.
Most Eye Injuries Are Preventable
There is one fact that remains constant regardless of age, activity or injury.
90% of all eye injuries are preventable.
The single best way to prevent eye injury, regardless of age and activity, is by wearing protective eyewear. Fortunately, a plethora of protective eyewear options exists to fit every age and activity. From sports eyewear to safety glasses and goggles, there’s no excuse for not wearing safety eyewear.
Eye injury, while more prevalent in some age groups than in others, really does not have an age or gender bias. For this reason, both men and women of any age can do the one thing that will reduce those 2.5 million eye injuries per year… wear protective eyewear!
Eye Injury Infographic
This infographic from the American Academy of Ophthalmology helps these visualize eye injury statistics. Take a few moments to review this information to gain a better appreciation for protecting your eyesight
Image courtesy of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.