Children are some of the most frequent victims of dog bites in Georgia, and many children are left with serious eye injuries as a result of these attacks. For children who suffer eye injuries from a dog attack, the recovery process can be much longer and complicated, involving extensive hospitalization and multiple surgeries. That information was revealed at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting this week.
The researchers looked at records of 537 pediatric patients who were treated for dog bites to the face at the Children's Hospital in Denver between 2003 and 2008. The researchers compared dog bites with eye injuries and those that did not. They found that recovery times were longer and multiple surgeries were required for children who suffered eye injuries in the attacks. Moreover, children with such injuries were prone to a number of complications, including tear duct obstructions and scarring.
According to doctors from the University Of Colorado in Denver, half of the children who were treated for eye injuries linked to the attack needed surgery. 18% of those needed additional surgeries. All the children with eye injuries during a dog bite suffered damage to their eyelid. Corneal injuries and fractures were rarely seen.
The most common breeds seen in attacks involving children were mixed breeds, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers. The average age of a child with eye injuries from dog bites was 3.9 years.Jason Schultz is an Atlanta dog bite lawyer, helping victims of dog attacks recover full compensation for their injuries.