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Work-related, penetrating eye injuries in rural environments.

 
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1st Eye Hospital, Medical University of Lublin, Poland. jmack@panaceum.am.lublin.pl
Ann Agric Environ Med 2005;12(1):27–29
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PURPOSE: To establish the aetiology and visual outcome after penetratingeye injures in rural environments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of 182 patients (184 eyes) withpenetrating eye injuries treated in the 1 st Eye Hospital, Lublin, Poland, between 1994 and 2002, werereviewed. Twenty eight of the 184 eyes (15.6 %) were work-related agriculture penetrating eye injuries.Distribution by age, sex, season variation, cause of injury, place of entrance wound, visual acuity andlate complications were estimated. RESULTS: Of the group of 28 patients, 24 (85.7 %) were male and 4(14.3 %) female, with the age range between 11-76 (mean 48.2) years. Most injuries were a result of repairand maintenance work in 35.7 %, wood chopping in 25 %, machine use in 17.9 %, simple instruments usein 10.7 %, fall from one level to another in 7.1 %, and cow butting with a horn in 3.6 %. Eighteen eyes(64 %) were blind with visual acuity less than 0.05 at their most recent review. CONCLUSIONS: Our studyhas shown that perforating ocular injuries in rural environment are still a big therapeutic, social andeconomic problem.
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