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Avoiding Eye Injuries

How to prevent eye injuries

Eye injuries affect an estimated 2.5 million people every year. Consider these reminders from Prevent Blindness America:

At home or outside:
  • Wash your hands after using household chemicals.
  • Ensure there are no sharp corners on the edges of furnishing and home fixtures.
  • Wear chemical safety goggles when using hazardous solvents and detergents, and do not mix cleaning agents.
  • Turn spray nozzles away from your face.
  • Read and follow directions when opening bottle-tops (for example, wine or carbonated beverages).
  • Read and follow directions when playing games and operating equipment.
  • Provide lights and handrails to improve safety on stairs.
  • Keep paints, pesticides, and fertilizers properly stored in a secure area.
  • Wear recommended protective goggles, helmets, and safety gear.
  • Use guards on all power equipment.
  • Wear ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunglasses.
  • Never look directly at the sun (especially during an eclipse).
At work:
  • Wear recommended work-related protective gear.
  • Wear glasses or contacts with the correct prescription.
  • Use proper lighting.
  • Clean dust and fingerprints from computer monitors and/or video screens.
  • Take frequent breaks to avoid fatigue.
At play:
  • Wear recommended protective eyewear during the appropriate sports and recreational activities.
  • A helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield should be worn during the appropriate sports.
With children:
  • Select toys that are appropriate for the child's age and activity level.
  • Provide adequate supervision during activities that use sharp objects (for example, arts and crafts).
  • Do not permit a child to play with projectile toys, such as pellet guns, or bows and arrows.
  • Beware of items in playgrounds and play areas that pose potential eye hazards.
  • Keep all hazardous cleaning supplies and sprays out of the reach of children.
  • Keep children away from fireworks.
  • Set an example of using the appropriate protective eyewear during sporting and recreational activities.
  • Keep children away from lawnmowers in use, as debris may be projected into the air.
  • At school, teach children to wear protective eye wear when performing scientific or lab experiments.

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