Toddler eye safety is often in danger due to chemical  burns with everyday household cleaners, researchers say.

The new study, based on U.S. emergency department visits at specific years of age, refutes the belief that workplace chemicals are the most common cause of these potentially blinding eye injuries.

“Household cleaners are a huge culprit,” said Dr. R. Sterling Haring, who led the study. Spray bottles frequently have been implicated in other research, he said.

“The rates among 1-year-olds are 1.5 times higher than the highest rate of [eye] injury for working-age adults,” said Haring, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

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