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June 1989

A Survey of Severe Eye Injuries in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, New York, NY (Dr DeRespinis); and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark (Drs Caputo, Fiore, and Wagner).

Am J Dis Child. 1989;143(6):711-716. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1989.02150180093026

• We reviewed the medical records of 258 children from newborn to 20 years of age who had ocular injuries severe enough to warrant admission to United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark, NJ, over a 3½-year period. In this time there were 1737 pediatric admissions for eye treatment and of these, 258(14.85%) were directly related to trauma. Only strabismus, with 676 (38.9%) admissions, accounted for more pediatric hospitalizations for eye injuries. Balls, fists, and sticks were the most common causes of injury, and the most common diagnosis was hyphema. The majority of injuries occurred in children between 11 and 15 years of age (31%). Ocular injuries in children above 10 years of age were most commonly sports-related, whereas injuries in the home accounted for the majority of trauma in children younger than 10 years of age.

(AJDC. 1989;143:711-716)

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