July is Eye Injury Prevention Month

July 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Ouch! Anyone that has ever had a sprained ankle, broken arm, and/or bruised ribs are well aware injuries are no fun.

Now did you know eye injuries are extremely common? There are about one million eye injuries in the United States in a given year, and 90 percent of those eye injuries are preventable. To bring awareness to eye safety, the month of July has been nationally designated as Eye Injury Prevention Month.

Where do these eye injuries take place? Anywhere. Household chemicals such as bleach, oven cleaners, and drain cleaners can be extremely hazardous. If these chemicals splash in eyes it can permanently damage the surface of the eyes, which can result in blindness. Lawn mowers, weed trimmers, etc. can throw dust and debris into eyes resulting in injuries.

For those who work on cars – battery acid, sparks, and debris from damaged or improperly jump-started auto batteries can severely damage eyes. An estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace alone.

Here’s what you should do to prevent these eye injuries. Safety goggles should be worn when you are working with chemicals, doing outside chores, or at a workshop. Prevention is the first and most important step in protecting eyes from injuries, so wear the proper protective eyewear.

Remember if you do experience an eye injury, seek medical attention immediately.

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