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Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 320-322

Olive-harvesting eye injuries


Department of Ophthalmology, Medical Center, "Ziv", Zefad, Faculty of Medicine, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Correspondence Address:
Michael Yulish
Department of Ophthalmology, Medical Center "Ziv", Zefad
Israel
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.97939

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Purpose: To document the types of ocular trauma that occurs during the olive-harvesting season in a region of the Middle East. Materials and Methods: Ophthalmic assessments of all patients were performed by one ophthalmologist. Examinations included visual acuity, slit-lamp evaluation of the anterior segment, intraocular pressure measurement and posterior segment assessment after pupil dilatation. Results: The study cohort comprised 119 patients who presented for ocular injury due to olive harvesting. Seven patients (5.9%) had severe ocular trauma. Two of these patients presented with corneal perforation, and five with retinal edema. Six patients with severe ocular injury were male. Conclusions: Ocular injuries are common when olives were harvested manually or with sticks. A preventive program to reduce injury should consider environmental and cultural factors.


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