Far too many of us go through our daily lives without thinking of the dangers of eye injuries associated with everyday tasks. This October, educate yourself about the risks of eye injuries in the home and learn how you can take precautions to avoid damage to your vision.
Understand the risk of eye injury
Most people who don’t work in an industry like construction or manufacturing may think they don’t have to worry about protecting their eyes from injury. But even if you work a desk job, you still harbor a significant risk of eye injury due to common household tasks.
In fact, approximately 45% of all eye injuries occur in the home. With the proper awareness, knowledge, and preparedness, you can decrease your chances of suffering a serious eye injury and protect your eyes for the rest of your life.
Avoid dangerous situations whenever possible
You can never completely eliminate the risk of eye injuries in the home, but you can take steps to avoid putting yourself in some situations that are inherently dangerous. For instance, don’t shoot fireworks off in the backyard, as tempting as it may be during your next New Year’s Eve party. Also, avoid mixing household chemicals that can cause unknown reactions. Finally, don’t allow your kids to play with toys that contain projectiles, especially ones such as BB guns, darts, and the like.
Always wear eye protection at home when you are vulnerable
That being said, there are some risky situations that you simply can’t avoid as a part of your normal household routine. In these cases, it’s best to wear eye protection or take extreme caution to minimize your risk:
- Yard maintenance and household repairs
- Debris from lawn mowers, edgers, and other yard tools is among the most common causes of eye injury. Always wear safety goggles when doing yard work, or when completing DIY projects that require power tools.
- Take care not to look directly into a hot pan, because hot oil can splatter into the eye and burn you. Also, keep knives on stable cutting boards when not in use.
- Most sports feature projectiles that can harm your eyes, so wear eye protection when participating.
Remember, eye goggles are inexpensive and readily available, and they can save you a lifetime of pain and potential vision loss.
Know what to do in the event of an eye injury
If you or someone in your family suffers an eye injury, don’t apply pressure or try to remove any objects or debris that have gotten into the eye. If you have been exposed to chemicals, flush your eyes with clean water. Seek medical attention as soon as possible, and always call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.
The eye health experts at Florida Eye Specialists want to help you minimize your risk of eye injury in common and not-so-common situations at home. Schedule an appointment at one of our 7 locations in the Jacksonville area to get a thorough picture of your eye health and learn how you can protect your eyes for decades to come.