In keeping with Eye Injury Prevention Month, it seems only fitting to take a closer look at several ways to prevent damaging eye injuries at home. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, almost 50 percent of all injuries occur in or near the home. Unfortunately, the most severe injuries can lead to permanent eye damage. This is why it is so important for you to understand the various ways to prevent such injuries from occurring.
Proper Use of Chemicals
Many household cleaners contain chemicals that can be extremely dangerous if they come in contact with your eyes. It is important to read the labels for all types of cleaners prior to using them. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions and never mix chemicals together. Always store cleaners out of children’s reach, such as on a high shelf. This is true even if you do not have children, since children may still visit your home. When required, be sure to keep your safety goggles on while using the chemicals.
Prevent Accidental Falls
Accidental falls and slips are one of the leading causes of eye injuries, especially among seniors. You can help to minimize the risk of these accidents with some minor adjustments. First, be sure to secure or remove all of the rugs and carpets in the home. Secondly, make sure all areas, including stairways, are well-lit and free from clutter. Finally, you should secure padding on any sharp edges around the house, such as on a table or countertop.
Protect Your Eyes
Be sure to wear safety goggles whenever you are working on a project around the home. The American Society for Ocular Trauma, along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, recommend the use of safety goggles approved by ANSI (American National Standards Institute). In fact, these organizations recommend that every household have at least one pair. When worn, these prevent debris from flying into the eye area and causing severe damage.
Preventative measures can help to reduce the risk of eye injury, but accidents can still occur. If chemicals come in contact with your eyes, it is important to flush the eye out with water as soon as possible. It is best to have any eye injury treated by a medical professional because waiting to seek treatment could cause extensive damage. Contact Physicians Urgent Care today if any type of accident causing injury to the eye occurs or if you would like more information about preventative eye care solutions.