UAB helps update national eye injury fact sheet

Gerald McGwin, Ph.D., is also associate director of the Department of Ophthalmology’s Clinical Research Unit.

Check out the Sports-Related Eye Injuries by Age report. 

Prevent Blindness America recently updated its Sports-Related Eye Injuries by Age report with assistance from Gerald McGwin, Ph.D., professor and vice chair in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Basketball was the leading cause of eye injury overall and the leading cause for those age 15 and up. Watersports and pool activities were the leading cause of eye injury in children 14 and under.

McGwin, who is also associate director of the Department of Ophthalmology’s Clinical Research Unit, helped compile statistics for the top 15 categories of sports eye injuries, culled from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission through its National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

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