What is the prevalence of chemical burns to the eye in the US?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Mark Ventocilla, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Chemical injuries are responsible for approximately 7% of work-related eye injuries treated at US hospital emergency departments. [6] More than 60% of chemical injuries occur in workplace accidents, 30% occur at home, and 10% are the result of an assault. [7] Thus, 90% result from accidental exposures. Safety glasses can help prevent injuries, but industrial accidents often involve chemicals under high pressure. Safety glasses are not of much defense in this setting.


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