Reducing preventable vision loss has recently been identified as a priority by Australian governments and non-government organisations. Eye injuries in Australia is the third in a series of national reports providing an overview of eye health in Australia. This report presents eye injuries from the perspectives of hospitalisations, general practice consultations, emergency department attendances, workers' compensation claims, and also as reported in national surveys. This report is an invaluable resource for policy-makers, health professionals, advocacy groups and others interested in knowing more about eye injuries in Australia.
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Eye-related injuries in Australia is the third in a series of national reports providing an overview of eye health in Australia. This report contains information on eye injuries drawn from a range of data sources.
Generally, eye injuries were found to be more common for males than for females, particularly those of working age.
- Eye injuries are only a small proportion (0.2%) of presentations to general practice, with 46% of presentations associated with a foreign body in the eye.
- Almost half of all eye injury presentations required medication and two in five required a procedural treatment.
- Eye injury constitutes 6% of injury presentations to Victorian emergency departments (EDs).
- Four-fifths of presentations involved males; the majority were of working age.
- More than half of presentations were due to a foreign body in the eye.
- Only 3% of ED presentations required hospitalisation.
- More than two-thirds of hospitalised eye injury cases involved males.
- Fracture of bones around the eye and superficial injury around the eye were the most common first occurring eye diagnoses, constituting more than half of hospitalised eye injury cases.
- Falls, assault and transportation were the main types of mechanism of injury for eye-related hospitalisations.
- Hospitalised eye injuries involving Indigenous Australians occurred at a much higher rate (234 cases per 100,000) than for other Australians (79 per 100,000).
- The most common diagnosis for eye-related injury and disease compensation claims was a foreign body in the eye. The median time lost from work because of a foreign body in the eye in 2004-05 was 1.5 weeks.
- The most common mechanism of injury for work-related eye injury was being hit by moving objects.
AIHW 2009. Eye-related injuries in Australia. Cat. no. INJCAT 123. Canberra: AIHW.