October 2008




Golf-related kids’ eye injuries rare but severe



It may not happen often but golf-related eye injuries in children can be devastating, according to an article in Health Day News. The report, quoting from a study from the Archives of Ophthalmology, said that most of these injuries are caused by other children wielding clubs while playing away from the golf course.

According to Health Day News, the study, published in September, looked at six boys and five girls with an average age of 10.2 years who were treated at two institutions over 15 years. Orbital fractures in 11 eyes, blood in the eye in four eyes, and damage to the optic nerve in three eyes were among the injuries suffered by the children, the report said.

According to the article, the study said that upon initial examination, visual acuity was 20/20 in four eyes, 20/25 to 20/80 in three eyes, no light perception in three eyes and undeterminable in one eye because of altered mental status.

Health Day News wrote that nine of the children required surgery. At the final follow-up visit (average of one year), two eyes had no light perception, visual acuity was 20/70 in one eye and 20/20 or better in eight eyes. The study authors concluded that increased public awareness could help decrease morbidity from golf-related eye injuries to children, the report said.

They also recommended close adult supervision, adequate separation between children and protective eyewear for children learning to play golf, the report said. Additionally, golf equipment should be stored in a secure area away from children. Ophthalmologists’ efforts to prevent eye injures in other sports, notably hockey and baseball, have been successful and should serve as models to prevent golf-related ocular injuries in the pediatric population, according to the article.

Source: http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2008/09/08/kids-eye-injuries-from-golf-clubs-rare-but-severe.html

Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

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