Philip Copitch, Ph.D. - Author of Basic Parenting 101: The Manual Your Child Should Have Been Born With
What group is most likely to be seen by hospital emergency departments in the United States for chemical eye injuries?
- Men working in janitorial and building maintenance.
- Woman working in janitorial and building maintenance.
- Children under age 2
- College students
The answers is: children under the age of 2
Researchers published in the August 2016, JAMA Ophthalmology, reported that children under the age of 2 are at highest risk for ocular (eye) chemical injuries. Most injuries occur in the home.
Spray cleaning bottles, detergents, and cleansers are curiosities for inquisitive toddlers. Nail polish remover, alcohol based hand sanitizes, and vinegar can be damaging to the eye.
Out in the garage, common items like gasoline, tire rim cleaner, laundry detergent, and plant fertilizers are potentially dangerous as well.
Keeping such items up and away from children is advised.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers advice for preventing eye injury.
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