Ocular Hazards in Agriculture 

  • Blake, John


A 10-year review of eye injuries in agricultural workers in Ireland revealed that over two-fifths (41.5%) of all serious trauma was caused by bushes - usually the Whitehorn Crataegus monogyna - with greatest frequency in the months of winter and spring. Farm animals caused only 5.5% and machinery and tools a mere 6.3% of injuries.

When the incidence of trauma was assessed relative to the total number of agricultural workers in each ten years of age the fifth and sixth decades were found to be by far the most vulnerable.

Amongst the individual cases described is one of internal ophthalmomyiasis in an eleven year old farmer's son. The larva of the warble-fly Hypoderma bovis was seen in the anterior chamber of the boy's eye and subsequent section of the eye disclosed the cystic cavity it had occupied between the sclera and ciliary body.


JOURNAL: Opthalmologica. 1969; 158(1): 125-135.

Note: Opthalmologica.

NLOM ID#: 70061478

Publication #: 70061478

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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