Eye trauma in children: epidemiology, management, and prevention

J Pediatr Health Care. Jul-Aug 1997;11(4):182-8. doi: 10.1016/S0891-5245(97)90125-5.


Eye injuries in children are frequently evaluated by nurse practitioners. The child with serious eye trauma is quickly assessed and referred to an ophthalmologist. However, many of the cases are managed in the ambulatory setting. Appropriate and swift management of eye trauma is essential to ensuring optimal outcome for the child. In addition, pediatric nurse practitioners play a critical role in educating children, families and the public about the prevention of eye trauma, particularly the use of protective eyewear. This article discusses the epidemiology, assessment, and prevention of eye trauma in children.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eye Injuries* / epidemiology
  • Eye Injuries* / therapy
  • Eye Protective Devices
  • Humans
  • Nurse Practitioners*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pediatric Nursing*
  • Primary Prevention
  • Risk Factors