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Australian eye injury stats revealed

23/05/2018By Matthew Woodley
More than 50,000 people were hospitalised as a result of an eye injury between 2010 and 2015, a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has revealed.

The report – which encompasses cases from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2015 – found that two-thirds of those hospitalised were male, while falls (35%) and assaults (23%) were the most common causes of eye injuries. However, fall-related injuries in the most common age group (over 65s) were reported more frequently among women (72%) than in men (42%).

It also stated that the most common type of eye injury was an open wound of the eyelid and periocular area (27%).

Indicating the strain placed on emergency departments (ED) by unjustified presentations, only 1% of the more than 86,000 people who presented to an ED over a two-year period leading up to June 30, 2015 were actually admitted to hospital. Nearly half (44%) of all ED presentations for eye injury were for a foreign body in the eye.

The report also states that 3,720 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were hospitalised for an eye injury. During the five-year period, assault-related eye injuries were more frequent for Indigenous Australians (61% or 2,270 cases) than for non-Indigenous Australians (20%, or 9,317 cases).

More reading: the full report

Image courtesy: Flickr | Geoffrey Fairchild

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