"Representing Iowa Ophthalmologists and their patients"

Advancing the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists

About IAO

Welcome to the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology

The Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology (IAO) is a statewide organization representing Iowa Ophthalmologists and their patients.  We are an affiliate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  The IAO was founded in 1961 as the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.  In 1989, the IAO incorporated as the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology. Our current membership includes 85% of Ophthalmologists in Iowa.

The IAO is committed to serving our 150 plus Iowa eye doctors by monitoring state legislation and regulations that pertain to ophthalmic medicine, advocacy on public policy matters, continuing education, and public information regarding eye disease and treatment. We hope you enjoy this informational web-site and encourage you to return often for updates.  We also welcome your comments and questions at iaoexecdir@gmail.com

Falls Top List of Causes for Eye Injuries in United States

Thousands of Americans are treated in hospitals for serious eye injuries each year. But what are the main causes of these injuries, and can they be prevented?

According to recent research from Johns Hopkins University, falling tops the list of major causes. While serious eye injuries like those caused by falls can be expensive to treat – at an average of $20,000 per injury, according to the study – the researchers say that these types of injuries are largely preventable. That means interventions could lower eye injury rates and overall health care costs.

The researchers studied the records of 47,000 patients ages 0 to 80 treated for ocular trauma from 2002 to 2011 using a national health care database. The data showed that most of the 8,425 falls recorded happened to those 60 and older. Among the types of falls, slipping caused nearly 3,000 eye injuries. Falling down stairs was cited as a cause of eye injury 900 times.

The researchers also discovered that nearly 8,000 hospitalizations for eye injuries were caused by fighting and various types of assault. “Unarmed fight or brawl” came in at No. 2 overall among specific causes of eye injuries requiring hospitalization, but was the top cause reported for ages 10 to 59.

For information on ways to prevent falls for people with low vision or cataracts, read:
Simple Adjustments Around the Home Can Help Those with Low Vision
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