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Research Letter
March 2017

Detergent Pod–Related Eye Injuries Among Preschool-Aged Children

Author Affiliations
  • 1Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Institute for Public Communication, University of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
  • 3Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017;135(3):283-284. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.5694

Chemical ocular burns are a significant cause of morbidity and vision loss in the United States and can lead to lifelong sequelae.1 Data suggest young children are at especially high risk of experiencing these injuries.2

The widespread adoption of laundry detergent pods, which are dissolvable pouches containing enough laundry detergent for a single use, has led to an increase in associated injuries among children. Reports of pod-related injuries, including poisoning, choking, and burns, have suggested that this pattern may be in part due to the products’ colorful packaging and candy-like appearance.3

In the context of the high incidence of chemical ocular burns among small children, we sought to characterize the burden of and circumstances surrounding chemical ocular burns due to laundry detergent pods.