Tens of thousands of people are treated for eye injuries each year in the United States, and many of them could have been avoided.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered that more eye injuries are caused by falling than any other accident. These injuries can be serious, with the cost of treatment averaging around $20,000 (£14.,000) per injury.
The results of the study have shown that many of these injuries can be prevented with the implementation of better safety practices.
After reviewing the records of 47,000 patients treated for eye injuries between 2002 and 2011, ranging in age from birth to 80 years old, researchers found that more than 8,400 injuries were caused by a fall.
Also, of the patients injured in a fall, a large majority of them were 60 and older. Further categorizing the falls, 3,000 injuries were attributed to slipping, and 900 to falling down stairs.
It was also discovered that almost 8,000 visits to the hospital were due to violence, either fighting or assault. While this constitutes enough injuries to take the number two slot for eye injury causes, this type of injury affects a much different demographic. Violent injuries are most common in people between the ages of 10 to 59 wheres falls are most prevalent in the over 60’s.