Ocular trauma: one in the eye for safety glasses

Arch Emerg Med. 1991 Sep;8(3):201-4. doi: 10.1136/emj.8.3.201.


Over a 3-month-period, a prospective study was performed on patients presenting with eye injuries to an Accident and Emergency Department. Two hundred and forty-five patients presented, representing 3.7% of total new patients seen in that period. The majority of injuries (81%) occurred in the workplace, injuries associated with grinding (32%) being the commonest. Retained foreign body (52%) was the most common injury. Eye protection was provided in 64% of cases, but only used in 48.5% of these. Seventy-eight per cent of cases were discharged without follow-up. The use of goggles appeared to provide the greatest degree of protection.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Service, Hospital / standards
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • England / epidemiology
  • Eye Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Eye Injuries / prevention & control
  • Eye Injuries / therapy
  • Eye Protective Devices / standards
  • Eye Protective Devices / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data
  • Prospective Studies
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Factors
  • Treatment Outcome