A new study states that injuries related to wearing glasses could have sent as many as 27,000 people to emergency rooms in 2002 and 2003. Over1,000 of these cases required further hospital treatment.
Falls, Sports Injuries, Eyeball Injuries
The types of injury varied by age. Those over 65 were more likely to be injured by their glasses in a fall, while children 17 and younger were more likely to have sports-related eyeglass injuries. Injuries to the eyeball were most common in people aged 18 to 64.
A Leading Cause of Blindness
96 million people in the United States wear prescription glasses. Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of blindness.