Eye injury in migrant farm workers and suggested hazard controls

J Agric Saf Health. 2007 Jul;13(3):259-74. doi: 10.13031/2013.23351.


The eyes are a common site of injury in agricultural operations. Identification of the cause of injury is important to inform preventive interventions. The objective of this study was to describe the hazards and mechanisms of acute traumatic injury to the eyes of agricultural workers who are hired in farming operations on a seasonal basis. A review of the literature was performed to summarize the mechanisms of eye injuries in agriculture. Field observations and informal interviews were performed to verify the literature and to determine whether there are eye hazards for farm workers that have not been reported in the literature. Additional mechanisms of injury were elicited, and suggested methods of injury prevention are presented here.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
  • Eye Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Eye Injuries / ethnology
  • Eye Injuries / etiology
  • Eye Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Transients and Migrants / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States / epidemiology