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Clinical Analysis of Ocular Trauma Induced by Lawn Trimmers
In Gu Kang, Cheol Sang Park, Hyun Sik Ryu, Sok Jin Heo, Youn Sok Chae, Hyun Jin Kim, Seong Soo Park, Mi Jin Lee, Won Joon Jeong
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2011;24(2):61-67
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Department of Emergency Medicine, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
Received: 10 November 2011   • Revised: 21 November 2011   • Accepted: 30 November 2011

Lawn trimmers are widely used to cut the weeds around graves in South Korea, but they can cause ocular injury. We investigate at the emergency room the incidence and the clinical features of ocular trauma induced by lawn trimmers.
The authors analyzed 106 patients who visited Konyang University Hospital's emergency room from March 1, 2007, to October 31, 2011, because of ocular trauma caused by a lawn trimmer. Patients were sorted into two groups, severe ocular injury and mild ocular injury.
Over a 5-year period, 106 patients with ocular trauma caused by a lawn trimmer underwent clinical study. Most of the patient (103 patients) were males, and the average age of the patients was 51.75+/-11.66 years. The incidence of ocular trauma peaked in the sixth decade of life. Most injuries occurred between July and September. Severe ocular injury developed in 46.2% of all patients. As age increased, so did the severity of the ocular injury. The impacting object was a small stone in 43.4% of all patients. Nobody wore protective gear. The most common diagnosis were corneal abrasion, followed by intraocular foreign body, corneal laceration, and sclera laceration. Fifty-four patients were followed up, and thirty-six patients of them had severe injury. The most common complication was a traumatic cataract.
Ocular trauma induced by a lawn trimmer is more severe than general ocular trauma. We suggest that everyone using a lawn trimmer should wear protective gear and follow safety guidelines.

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