While most people think about eye injuries at the workplace, in reality, nearly half of eye injuries occur at home.1 The good news is 90% of these eye injuries can be prevented simply by using protective eyewear.2 To raise awareness, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has designated October as Eye Injury Prevention Month. At Colorado Ophthalmology Associates of Denver, CO, we are working to help our patients understand the hazards that could result in serious or blinding eye injuries.
For a safe and fun Halloween, for example, we recommend opting for face paint or hat-style costumes rather than masks that can obstruct vision or interfere with glasses or contacts.
Thinking through hazards at work, at home, at school and where your children play is a key step in preventing eye injuries. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you come into contact with chemicals or chemical vapors?
- Is there dust, chalk or irritants that could impact the eyes?
- Are there airborne hazards such as sawdust, chips, fragments or sand?
- Are there burn hazards from hot particles, chemicals or splashes?
- Is there a possibility of radiation or light damage from something like welding?
- What kind of eye protection is available? Do you know and follow the right procedures for eye safety?
- Where are the chemicals or chemical vapor hazards?
- What kind of eye protection do you have available at home? Is there child size available?
- What kind of eye and body protection do you wear to mow the lawn?
- What kind of eye protection do you use with power tools?
- Are there any tripping hazards like dark stairways, exposed cords or slippery throw rugs that are hard to see?
- Are there child safety locks on the chemicals and hazards such as guns?
- When was the last time your child had an eye exam?
- Have you taught your child not to rub his/her eyes?
- Does your child understand the safe use of scissors, rubber bands, paperclips and other things that could become an eye hazard?
- Have you discussed any eye safety issues with your children with things like sports, clubs, chemicals, etc.?
- Do your kids play with projectile-based toys such as toy guns, airsoft rifles, bow and arrow, slingshot, darts or other missile throwing toy?
- Have you discussed safe play practices with your child?
- Do you look for toys marked with ASTM to certify standards by American Society for Testing and Materials?
- Have you removed any tripping hazards in the home and yard?
- Does your child have protective eyewear for sports?
- Do you use safe practices with fireworks? Bottle rockets are especially a major eye injury hazard.3
Make sure your family has the proper eyewear and safety goggles for safe practices at home, school, play and work. Call us today for a family appointment at one of our two Colorado locations. We can order the right protective eyewear for sports and work and can give you advice for safe practices to make sure you and your family have taken steps to guard against eye injuries. Our board-certified ophthalmologists are here to help safeguard your eyes from potential injuries.
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