Keep Your Eye on Safety

It’s important to maintain the health of your eyes as their condition can have an effect on your vision and overall well-being. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 50% of all eye injuries that occur each year are related to accidents at home.

What are some common eye injuries?

  • Using harsh cleaning chemicals can cause serious injury if they are accidentally splashed into the eye. This includes cleaning products containing bleach.
  • Mowing the lawn, trimming weeds and working on landscaping projects can be dangerous when rocks, dirt, twigs or other debris are thrown into the air.
  • Working on home improvement projects may result in nails, screws, dust, dirt or wood and metal shavings getting projected into the air. 
How can you prevent an injury?
  • Wear the right type of protective eyewear for the job. Understand what you will be doing and know which type of protective eye or face wear is right for the task at hand.
  • Be sure that your eye or face wear fits snugly and securely. Never depend on goggles or face wear that is not adjustable. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to safety.
  • Schedule regular annual appointments with your optometrist. 

It’s important to wear protective eye or face wear when performing tasks that could be dangerous for your vision. Wearing the right kind of protection can decrease your risk of an eye injury by nearly 90%.

Get more eye safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.