Tips to Prevent Eye Injuries at Home

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 30-Jun-2014

prevent eye injuries smallEye injuries can cause serious damage to your vision and can even cause blindness. While you may not expect your home to be a dangerous place when it comes to your eyes and vision, according to medical statistics, nearly half of all eye injuries each year occur in and around the home.

Whether cooking in your kitchen or doing yard work or using power tools in your workshop, there are a number of eye injury risks in your own home. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma both recommend that every household have at least one pair of protective eyewear that has been manufactured to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) eye protection standard. Wearing proper eye protection can help prevent eye trauma that could affect your vision.

Common eye injury risks around the home

Some of the most common eye injury risks around the home include:

  • Hazardous chemicals and solvents found in cleaners and other household products.
  • Hot grease or oil that splatters when cooking.
  • Using hot objects such as curling irons around the face.
  • Slipping and falling.
  • Working with tools.
  • Yard work such as lawn mowing, using a power trimmer or edger and trimming hedges and bushes.
  • Using bungee cords to secure objects.
  • Opening a champagne bottle.
  • Children’s toys such as BB guns, darts, bows and arrows and other projectile toys.

Preventing eye injuries at home

The good news is that many eye injuries are entirely preventable. Whether you are the one performing one of the above activities or you are a bystander, your eyes are at risk. By taking the proper precautions, you can protect your eyes and save your vision.

Use these safety tips to help reduce the risk of eye injuries around your home:

  • Always wear protective eyewear any time your eyes might be exposed to flying objects, particles or dust.
  • Use caution with chemicals and cleaners. Carefully read the labels to know what to do if the product gets in the eyes, and do not mix products.
  • Secure loose rugs, railings and other items around the home that may cause someone to slip and fall.
  • Prior to mowing or doing yard work, check the lawn for small rocks or other items that could become a projectile.
  • Do not use damaged tools and always supervise children using tools, including pencils, scissors and knives.
  • Use grease shields when cooking with hot oil to protect against splattering.
  • Use caution when opening a champagne bottle. Never shake the bottle, and point it at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and bystanders when opening. Cover the top of the bottle and cork with a towel to keep the cork from flying off and hitting someone or something.
  • Avoid children’s toys that might involve some sort of a projectile like darts or BB guns.

Don’t let you or your children suffer an eye injury that could have been prevented. Take steps to ensure you and your family are safe in your own home.

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