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From the JAMA Network
December 26, 2017

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

Author Affiliations
  • 1California Retina Research Foundation, Santa Barbara, California
  • 2California Retina Consultants, Santa Barbara, California
JAMA. 2017;318(24):2483-2484. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.17560

Eye injuries are a common reason for emergency department visits. In the March 2016 issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, Channa et al1 assessed emergency department visits for eye-related conditions from January 2006 to December 2011 using the US Nationwide Emergency Department Sample. Of the estimated approximately 12 million emergency department visits for ocular problems, an estimated 4.3 million occurred because of an eye injury.1 The actual number of eye injuries requiring medical attention is most likely even greater because the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample data include only emergency department data and patients with ocular injuries also may be seen in urgent care centers or directly by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.