Educational interventions for the prevention of eye injuries

Added April 22, 2013

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The included studies do not provide reliable evidence that educational interventions are effective in preventing eye injuries.

Ocular injury is a preventable cause of blindness, yet it remains a significant disabling health problem that affects all age groups. Injuries may occur in the home, in the workplace, during recreational activities or as a result of road crashes. Types of injuries vary from closed globe (contusion or lamellar laceration) to an open globe injury, which includes penetration and even perforation of the globe. To date, the main strategy to prevent these injuries has been to educate people to identify high-risk situations and to take correct action to avoid danger. This review assesses the evidence for the effectiveness of educational interventions for the prevention of eye injuries.