Eye injuries affect more than 2.5 million people every year, and yet 90 percent of these injuries are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear. Safety eyewear is essential both on the job and at home. Nearly half of eye injuries occur at home while people do home repairs, yard work, clean or cook. The specialists at Anderson and Shapiro Eye Care, who care for patients with eye injuries in Meriter’s Emergency Services department, recommend that every household have at least one pair of ANSI*-approved protective eyewear for use during projects and activities that may present risk of injury.
Take a few minutes to remind your family that risky situations call for safety goggles.
Use safety goggles when you are:
- Using hazardous solvents and detergents, and do not mix cleaning agents around or near your child.
- Mowing the lawn.
- Using a power trimmer or edger.
- Clipping hedges and bushes.
- Using tools (power or hand).
- Working with solvents or other chemicals.
- Any task that can produce fragments, dust particles or other eye irritants.
- Securing equipment or loads with bungee cords.
To prevent other eye injury always:
- Wash your hands after using household chemicals.
- Turn spray nozzles away from your face and the faces of others.
- Read and follow directions when opening bottle-tops (i.e., wine, carbonated beverages).
- Read and follow directions when playing games and operating equipment.
- Provide lights and handrails to improve safety on stairs.
- Keep paints, pesticides, and fertilizers properly stored in a secure area.
- Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing either a wide-brimmed hat or ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunglasses.