|Olive-harvesting eye injuries|
|Yulish M, Pikkel J. Middle East Afr. J. Ophthalmol. 2012; 19(3): 320-322.|
|Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, Medical Center, "Ziv", Zefad, Faculty of Medicine, Bar Ilan University, Israel.|
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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.