8. Work-Related Ocular Injuries

  1. Michael I. Greenberg MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACPM, FACOEM
  1. Joseph L. D'Orazio

Published Online: 18 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch8

Occupational Emergency Medicine

Occupational Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

D'Orazio, J. L. (2011) Work-Related Ocular Injuries, in Occupational Emergency Medicine (ed M. I. Greenberg), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180719

Online ISBN: 9781444329629



  • ocular injury;
  • corneal abrasion;
  • ocular foreign body;
  • ocular trauma;
  • ocular burns;
  • ultraviolet keratitis;
  • laser-induced eye injury;
  • biological exposures;
  • allergic conjunctivitis;
  • occupational exposure


Emergency physicians diagnose and treat eye injuries on a daily basis. More than 360,000 work-related eye injuries occur annually in occupational settings. Although most occupational eye injuries mirror those seen in everyday life, some injuries and diseases are specific to the occupational setting. This chapter covers basic ophthalmology, common ocular injuries, and the nuances of occupational ophthalmology.