Study Uses Hospital Discharge Data to Examine Eye Injury Rates

Bottom Line: Eye trauma is a common cause of vision impairment or vision loss. An analysis of hospital discharge data from 2001-2014 estimated nearly 940,000 hospital admissions for eye trauma occurred in the United States during the period. The increase in eye trauma as a secondary diagnosis was mostly attributed to increasing falls in adults older than 65. Limitations of the study include those inherent with the use of large administrative database.

Authors: Syed M.A. Shah, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, and coauthors

Related material: The commentary, “National Trends in Ocular Injury,” by Julie C. Leonard, M.D., M.P.H., of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, is available on the For The Media website.

To Learn More: The full study is available on the For The Media website.

(doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.4685)