Eye Injury Prevention Month (October)

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Did you know that October is Eye Injury Prevention Month?

October is eye injury prevention Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that nearly half of all eye injuries occur in the home. 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. Most could have been prevented with protective eye wear.

These are some of the most common places that eye injuries happen and prevention tips for both indoor and outdoor activities: 

  • In the house – When using household chemicals, read the instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure to point spray nozzles away from you. Many chemicals are extremely hazardous and can permanently destroy the surface of your eyes, resulting in blindness. For this reason, it is very important to use appropriate eye protection to prevent blinding consequences from chemical splashes.
  • In the workshop – Think about the work you will be doing and wear protective eye wear to shield your eyes from flying fragments, fumes, dust particles, sparks and splashing chemicals. Many objects can fly into your eyes unexpectedly and cause injury.
  • In the garden – Put on protective eye wear before you use a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger and be sure to check for rocks and stones because they can become dangerous projectiles as they shoot from these machines. In the garage – Battery acid sparks and debris from damaged or improperly jump-started auto batteries can severely damage your eyes.
  • Learn the proper way to jump-start an automobile, and keep protective goggles in the trunk of your car to use for those emergencies and everyday repairs.