July is Eye Injury Prevention Month

June 26, 2015

 

There are approximately one million eye injuries in the United Statesin one year, and 90% of these injuries are preventable. The leading causes of eye injury are sports accidents, fireworks, yard and workshop debris, and household chemicals.

Lawn mowers, weed trimmers and leaf blowers can throw dust and debris into the eye causing injury. Household chemicals such as drain cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners and battery acid can splash into the eye. To prevent these injuries it is important to wear appropriate safety equipment. Safety goggles should be worn when you are working with chemicals, in a workshop or when doing outdoor chores. Remember to attend only professional fireworks displays! Improper handling of fireworks can lead to permanent eye injuries.

One of the greatest threats to your eyes is invisible. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer. When you are outdoors, wear sunglasses that are 97-100% UV protection, and choose the kind that wrap around to your temples so the sun's rays can't enter from the side

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