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Keeping Your Vision Healthy During Eye Injury Prevention Month

October 25, 2012

Tips for keeping your eyes safe during October and all year long.

We here at OCLI often stress the importance of caring for your eyes and vision in every way possible. This could be through regular vision screenings, a healthy diet of vitamins and nutrients, and being on the watch for any other vision problems that may arise as you get older, such as cataracts or glaucoma.

However, in addition to following these helpful tips and suggestions, the actions and safety precautions that you follow in your day to day life can also go a long way towards keeping your eyes free from any damaging vision problems that could negatively affect your future. For instance, whether or not you use safety goggles at work or if you wear protective lenses while participating in contact sports. Many people are also unaware that, in addition to work and play, our eyes need a certain level of protecting when we are at home.

Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the simplest and most important things you can do for maintaining proper eye health and avoiding vision problems in the future. However, among all eye injuries reported in a national survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 78% of people were not wearing protective eyewear at the time of their injury. Of those who were wearing some sort of vision protection, only 5.3% were using proper safety or sport goggles.

This October, in order to help increase awareness of the vision problems that can happen both at work, on the sports field and at home, OCLI is supporting the American Academy of Ophthalmology in celebrating National Eye Injury Prevention Month. By doing so, we hope to help share some of the best ways for preventing common vision accidents, as well as how you can avoid these injuries all year long.

1. Always wear protective eyewear when dealing with hazardous chemicals or products. Accident involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year, mostly from products we use every day, such as oven cleaner or bleach.

2. Projects that involve drilling or hammering should always involve extra safety precautions. Screws and nails can easily become projectiles or fragments that bounce off of hard surfaces such as brick or cement.

3. Parents completing household chores are not the only ones at risk. Any children or household helpers that are around during dangerous activities should also take precaution against eye injuries.

4. The type of safety eye protection you use should go along with the hazards you are facing in your workplace or at home. For instance, if you are working in an area that has flying objects or particles, be sure to wear safety glasses that offer some kind of side protection. If you are working with chemicals, you should wear full protective goggles.

5. If you experience any kind of injury or chemical burn to your eyes when working on an activity at home or at work, be sure to visit an eye doctor right away. Do not try and fix the problem yourself, as this can cause more serious problems in the long run.

As long as you take proper preventative measures whenever you are completing a hazardous task, you can ensure that both your health and vision safety lasts long after Eye Injury Prevention Month has ended.


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