Eye Injury Prevention Month (October): This annual event is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of eye safety.
Eye injuries can be a serious medical condition. Even if you believe an injury is only minor, it is important that you see an ophthalmologist or medical professional to receive a formal diagnosis.
Most people think that eye injuries occur most often at work, when in reality nearly half of all injuries occur in the home. Protective eyewear can help prevent serious injury. However, only 35% of Americans report wearing protective eyewear when performing maintenance around their homes.
An eye injury can happen to anyone at any time. However, there are preventative measure that can be taken to lower the risk of sustaining a serious injury. Here are three ways to prevent eye injury:
Eye Injury Prevention Month Tip #1: Wear Eyewear
It is important to protect your eyes when performing maintenance around your home. Always wear protective eyewear when you are working with a lawn mower, leaf-blower, and any sort of power tools. 90% of all injures can be prevented and wearing safety glasses can help significantly lower the annual number of eye injuries.
Eye Injury Prevention Month Tip #2: Flush Out Eyes
If your eyes have come in contact with chemicals of any kind, it is important that you use eyewash or water to flush out the eye immediately. You should also avoid rubbing the eye as to not irritate the affected area. Contact a medical health professional immediately, even if you feel you have thoroughly cleaned the eye.
Eye Injury Prevention Month Tip #3: Wear Sunglasses
The sun offers many health benefits, however it can be damaging to our eyes. You should always avoid staring directly at the sun to avoid permanent eye damage. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent sunburn. If you are suffering from sunburn, use lubricating eye drops to ease pain and discomfort.