4 Ways to Prevent Eye Injury

It’s fall and a good time of year for cleaning up the yard or jumping in a pile of leaves.

Protect your eyes no matter where you are by following these tips.

Your eyes are your windows to the world and it’s important to protect them from injury. One of the easiest ways to prevent eye injuries is to wear protective eyewear. Here are additional tips for avoiding injury at home, at work and at play:

1. Protect eyes at home. Nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home. Eye injuries can occur during home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. To avoid injury, wear appropriate eyewear when using machinery, tools and chemicals. Children can also sustain eye injuries from toys and household items. Only buy age-appropriate toys and don’t allow kids to play with toys that can be used as a projectile, such as darts. Also keep kids away from pellet and BB guns, as well as fireworks. Basic household items can cause injury in the hands of children, such as pencils, pens, paper clips, scissors, rubber bands, coat hangers and bungee cords.

2. Protect eyes during sports and recreational activities. Each year, thousands of kids injure their eyes when playing sports and the majority of these injuries can be prevented by wearing safety glasses, goggles and eye guards. Sport-specific eyewear made with polycarbonate lenses should be worn when playing sports such as baseball, softball, football, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, soccer and racquet sports. Adults should also wear protective eyewear when playing sports.

3. Protect eyes at work. More than 20,000 eye injuries happen at work each year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Proper eye protection should be worn whenever there is any chance of injury, whether you are working with a tool or machine known to present a hazard or you are just passing through an area where flying objects, particles or chemicals can result in injury. Eye strain can also occur from spending too much time in front of a computer screen.

4. Protect eyes outdoors. Your eyes can be damaged by the sun just like your skin. So wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB radiation.

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