A study has found that hand sanitisers have caused more eye-related injury incidents in children since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. In a study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology on January 21, researchers found that hand sanitisers have caused more chemical eye injuries to children who accidently used it in their eyes.
According to data from the French Poison Control Center, the researchers have found seven times more cases of children hurting their eyes due to exposure to hazardous chemicals in the sanitiser between April 1 and August 24, 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year.
"In 2019, hand sanitiser accounted for just 1.3 per cent of all chemical eye exposure incidents in the pediatric database. By the end of 2020, that number was up to 9.9 per cent. Just one toddler in France required hospitalisation for sanitizer in his eyes in 2019. In 2020, 16 children were hospitalized for such chemical exposure," the study stated.
Earlier, a paper published in the World Journal of Current Medical and Pharmaceutical Research, stated that overuse of hand sanitisers can be harmful for health.