Child­hood eye in­juries

Jamaica Gleaner - - WORLD SIGHT DAY - Dr Lisa Leo-Rhynie Con­trib­u­tor

TRAUMA IS a sig­nif­i­cant cause of vis­ual loss in chil­dren in Ja­maica. Eye in­juries can be very costly to treat and often leave chil­dren with a life­long dis­abil­ity, or the pos­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing com­pli­ca­tions later on in life. Preven­tion of eye in­juries can go a long way to re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of vis­ual im­pair­ment, with­out be­ing very ex­pen­sive. The most com­mon causes of child­hood eye in­juries may be clas­si­fied as fol­lows: by mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, blunt trauma, pen­e­trat­ing in­juries and chem­i­cal in­juries. By hav­ing chil­dren travel in a car seat, or us­ing a seat belt, many eye in­juries as a re­sult of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents can be min­imised.


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