Most people know their eyesight is precious, but at this age you might not think as much about protecting your eyes as you should. Help protect your eyes by taking proactive measures to ensure the quality of eyesight you currently enjoy. Eye injuries can occur during activities like yard work, cleaning or while playing sports. In most cases of injury, people report not properly protecting their eyes. Taking proper precautions such as wearing goggles or safety glasses with side shields can help prevent eye injuries.

If your eye is injured you should get immediate medical attention. 

Work and Home Safety

Two common places for eye injuries to occur are home and work. Often, people in industrial settings are susceptible to projectiles that can injure the eye. And at home, many household cleaners can cause injury to the eyes – in addition to various home improvement projects that have a potential for danger. The best advice we can give is to use your common sense – if you’re working on a project that can cause harm to your eyes, make sure you’re safe with the proper protective eyewear.

Sports Safety

Wearing the right protective eyewear may help to prevent 90 percent of eye injuries. Many goggles or safety glasses come with tints to reduce sun glare, light-filtering capabilities that make it easier to see certain colors (like yellow tennis balls), and polycarbonate lenses that stand up to sudden, sharp impact. Be sure to wear appropriate eye protection based on the activity or sport you are doing.

First Aid

If your eye is injured, it’s tempting to think you can just flush it out with some cold water and it will be fine. However, it’s not easy to judge the extent or severity of any eye injury, so you should always get immediate, professional medical attention.

Here are some steps you can take in the event of an eye injury (these tips are not meant to replace professional medical attention).:

Trauma to the Eye If you are hit in the eye, rest a protective shield – such as a Styrofoam cup – on the bone around your eye. Make sure there is no pressure on the eye itself. Seek immediate, professional medical attention.

Foreign Body If an object has entered your eye, do not try to remove it; you may tear delicate tissue or force the object in deeper. Rest a protective shield – again, like a Styrofoam cup – on the bone around your eye, making sure there is no pressure on the eye itself. Seek immediate professional medical attention.

Black Eye If you are hit in the eye area, place an ice pack or cold cloth over your eye. Even in cases where trauma seems minor, every eye injury should be given medical attention. Get immediate, professional medical attention.

Chemical Burn If your eye has sustained a chemical burn, rinse it with fresh water for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Hold your head under the tap or use a clean container to pour water into your eye. As you rinse, use your fingers to hold your eye open as wide as possible and roll your eye to ensure the greatest possible coverage. Get immediate, professional medical attention.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses not only look good, they help protect your eyes from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays to help prevent long-term damage. Choose sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection, to block both forms of ultraviolet rays. A hat or baseball cap may help block indirect sun, which can come into the eyes around the edges of sunglasses.

Tanning beds may lead to serious eye damage. Tanning beds can produce UV levels up to 100x what you would get from the sun causing serious damage to the eye and eyelids.


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