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Haring RS, Sheffield ID, Frattaroli S. Detergent Pod–Related Eye Injuries Among Preschool-Aged Children. 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.
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