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Invited Commentary
January 2019

National Trends in Ocular Injury: Differing Studies, Common Call to Action

Author Affiliations
  • 1Emergency Medicine, The Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(1):56-57. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.4694

A cursory read of 2 studies1,2 published in JAMA Ophthalmology might produce contradictory conclusions. However, these investigations are complimentary and make important observations that inform injury prevention efforts. “Changes in the Incidence of Eye Trauma Hospitalizations in the United States From 2001 Through 2014” by Iftikhar et al2 reported that hospitalizations associated with eye trauma increased by 18.3% during the study period. In contrast, “Trends in US Emergency Department Visits for Pediatric Acute Ocular Injury,” by Matsa et al,1 reported a 26.1% decline in emergency department visits for children with eye injuries during a similar period.