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Tips for preventing eye injuries

Published On: Dec 18 2012 02:22:56 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 03 2013 11:29:08 AM CST
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By Pure Matters

Each year, 100,000 Americans suffer eye injuries that cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Ninety percent of these injuries could be avoided.

The following precautions can help you prevent them.

For adults

  • Remove debris from lawns before mowing.
  • Use guards on power equipment.
  • Wear safety goggles when working outdoors or using hazardous solvents and detergents.
  • Don't mix cleaning agents.
  • Keep your tools in good condition; repair or replace damaged ones.
  • Remember that bystanders, as well as people using dangerous tools or chemicals, can suffer eye injuries.

For children

  • Pad or cushion sharp corners and edges of furnishings and home fixtures.
  • Avoid buying toys with dangerous edges, rigid or sharp points, rods, shafts or spikes.
  • Keep toys designed for older children out of reach of younger children.
  • Don't buy flying or projectile-firing toys.
  • Keep BB guns and fireworks away from youngsters.
  • Keep children away from places where someone is cutting grass with a mower, working with power tools or hand tools, using cleaning agents or applying fertilizer or weed killers.

Sports injuries

Prescription glasses, sunglasses or occupational safety glasses don't provide enough protection for sports. These guidelines can help you choose a suitable pair of sports eye guards:

  • If you wear prescription glasses, ask your eye doctor to fit you for prescription eye guards.
  • Buy eye guards at sports specialty stores or optical stores.
  • Don't buy eye guards without lenses. Only those with lenses are recommended for sports use. Make sure the lenses either stay in place or pop outward in the event of an accident.
  • Check the packaging to make sure the guards are made of impact-resistant polycarbonate material.
  • Buy guards that are cushioned along the brow and bridge of the nose.

Work injuries

Here's how to protect your vision in hazardous areas:

  • Choose industrial-grade glass, plastic or polycarbonate lenses that meet or exceed the requirements of federal eye protection standards.
  • Make sure the eyewear fits. Nearly 95 percent of injuries to workers wearing eye protection happen because objects or chemicals make their way under the protective devices.


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