Eye health and safety among Latino farmworkers

J Agromedicine. 2011 Apr;16(2):143-52. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2011.554772.


Farmworkers face a variety of risk factors for eye injuries. Measures of eye protection use and of eye safety knowledge and beliefs are based on a survey of 300 Latino farmworkers in North Carolina. Few farmworkers report using eye protection (8.3%); most (92.3%) report that employers do not provide eye protection. Approximately 70% report that they are not trained in preventing eye injuries; 81% believe that their chances of getting an eye injury are low. Many farmworkers choose to take risks in order to save time. Interventions are needed that target farmworker knowledge and beliefs about eye safety.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / prevention & control
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Eye Protective Devices / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • North Carolina
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Risk-Taking
  • Safety
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transients and Migrants / psychology*
  • Young Adult