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Eye Injury Prevention

07/30/20

Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life. While you may be aware of some of the basic possibilities of eye injuries, ask yourself this question: Am I doing everything I can to protect my eyes from potential injuries? If you answered no, you’re not alone.

Careless accidents can happen when we are not regularly assessing our surroundings. Our homes are full of everyday objects that can cause eye injury: kitchen knives, scissors, letter openers, pencils, rubber bands, and champagne corks. There are countless ways to permanently damage our eyes if we do not store sharp objects correctly or if we use them irresponsibly.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and Eye M.D.s around the country encourage everyone to protect their eyes from accidental injury. Nearly 2.5 million people suffer eye injuries each year in the United States, and nearly one million people have lost some degree of vision as a result. Experts claim that more than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear and taking some simple precautions. The most effective eyewear should be snug with a wrap-style frame to keep airborne particles from getting behind the lenses.

Some facts and tips:

  • Accidental eye injury is one of the leading causes of visual impairment in the United States
  • Men are more likely to suffer with an eye injury than women
  • The leading causes of eye injuries include sports accidents, consumer fireworks, household chemicals and battery acid, as well as workshop and yard debris
  • Eyes can be damaged by the sun, not just dust, chemicals and foreign bodies
  • Wear safety goggles when working in the workshop or yard, jump-starting your car or working with cleaning or other chemicals
  • Always wear appropriate protective eyewear during sports and recreational activities
  • Appropriate protective eye wear is classed as eye wear with “ANSI Z87.1” marked on the lens or frame.

Injuries such as cuts, chemical burns or foreign bodies stuck in the eye are emergencies. Don’t try to treat these yourself – contact the emergency room for help immediately.

Your vision is irreplaceable, so treat it with care. Eye injury risk increases with factors such as being rushed, feeling tired, performing an unfamiliar task or being distracted. Sometimes, all we need is a regular “habit checkup” to see how well we are caring for our eyesight. Make this year your best yet when it comes to your vision.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends frequent, comprehensive eye exams every one or two years to prevent any serious problem. If you haven’t had an eye examination recently, get one booked today.