Conditions + Treatments

Eye Injuries in Children

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Often caused by sports or other physical activity, eye injuries can be serious and are usually quite painful. They are also a common cause of vision loss in children. Eye injuries can range from corneal abrasions and chemical burns to bruising and having foreign bodies in the eye.

  • Approximately one-third of the estimated 2.4 million eye injuries that occur annually in the United States are in people age 17 and younger.
  • Males make up three-quarters of reported eye injuries.
  • About one-half of eye injuries occur in the home.

For the more than forty years, the medical staff at Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Ophthalmology have examined more than a quarter of a million children with eye problems, more than 19,000 visits each year. Boston Children's physicians see patients at the following locations: Peabody, Lexington, Weymouth, Waltham, Sandwich and The Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary.


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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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