Date: Mon 31/05/2021 - Wed 31/05/2023
Optometrist Credits: 1 General Credit
Dispensing Optician Credits: 1 Clinical credit.
Event Type(s): Online
Eye injury (or ocular trauma) is known internationally as a leading cause of monocular vision loss, and Australia and New Zealand are no exception. A number of factors contribute to the patient profile for eye injuries, including whether they live in a regional or urban area, their age and gender. In Australia and New Zealand, stringent health and safety regulations and legislation have contributed to the changing profile of eye injuries. Occurrence of work-related injuries has reduced in the last 10 –20 years, however home and sports related injuries have increased.
To prevent injury, the public should be made aware of potential hazards and how they can be avoided. Appropriate eye protection, and its correct use, should be promoted particularly when tackling home repairs and for those at higher risk of an eye injury. Optometrists can play an important role in eye injury prevention, with education and advocacy being the most valuable tools on hand. We need to stress that eye protection can save sight by reducing the incidence and severity of ocular trauma.