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Notice to Readers: Healthy Vision Month --- May 2008

May is Healthy Vision Month. The focus of this year's observance is raising awareness of sport-related eye injuries in children and the importance of using protective eyewear. Approximately 100,000 of the eye injuries that occur each year in the United States are sports related (1). Children aged <15 years account for nearly one third of all hospital admissions for eye trauma and 43% of all sports and recreational eye injuries (2). Proper use of protective eyewear could prevent most of these injuries (3).

Healthy People 2010 objectives include increasing the use of protective eyewear among children participating in recreational activities and hazardous home situations (e.g., cooking and yard work) (objective 28-9). Additional information to assist children, parents, coaches, and communities in reducing sport-related eye injuries is available from the National Eye Institute's Healthy Vision Month website at http://www.healthyvision2010.nei.nih.gov/hvm. Information regarding the Vision Health Initiative at CDC is available at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/vision.htm.

References

  1. Ducharme JF, Tsiaras W. Sports-related ocular injuries. Med Health R I 2000;83:45--51.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Eye Health and Public Information Task Force. Protective eyewear for young athletes. Ophthalmology 2004;111:600--3.
  3. Sastry SM, Copeland RA Jr, Mezghebe HM, Siram SM, Spencer M, Cowan CL Jr. Consumer product-related ocular trauma. J Natl Med Assoc 1995;87:349--52.

* Children with HIV infection likely are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, although not to the extent they are at risk for invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. The efficacy of MCV4 among HIV-infected children is unknown.

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Date last reviewed: 5/1/2008

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