September 28, 2007, Newsletter Issue #83: The blunt truth about eye injury

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Surprisingly, most eye injuries are not the "poke-in-the-eye with a sharp stick" variety. Ophthalmologists say that most eye injuries are caused by blunt objects larger than the orbital opening.(the bony ridge that your eyebrow sits on). This is the most common type of eye injury in assault, falls in the elderly, airbag impacts, and sports such as baseball, basketball (hands and elbows), racket sports, and soccer (the soccer ball). While these injuries are often mild and do not usually involve rupture of the eye, they sometimes have serious consequences such as retinal detachment, cataract, blow-out fracture (fracture of the thin bone beneath the eye), or retinal scarring leading to loss of central vision. Fortunately, doctors say, 90% of these injuries can be prevented by wearing safety glasses

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