The Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan are joining the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in recognizing October as Eye Injury Prevention Month. Below are helpful tips you can use in protecting your vision and preventing an eye injury.
Around the House
Cleaning, home improvement, and yard work all represent potential threats to your eye health.
Learn proper use of tools and machinery prior to home improvement projects and yard work. Protective eyewear is essential for safe machine handling.
Many chemicals can be dangerous for your eyes. Exposure to chemicals by spill or mishandling can cause eye injuries. Be sure to review chemical safety information before performing the task and take proper precaution.
Sports and Recreation
Playing sports and engaging in recreational activities are great ways to support your cardiovascular health, but can pose serious risks to your eye health. Wearing protective eyewear during these occasions vastly reduces the incidence of eye injury.
With over 2,000 eye injuries transpiring at work every day, it is important for you to practice proper eye care measures while on the job. Some common causes of workplace eye injuries include: flying objects, tools, particles and chemicals. Proper education of workplace practices can help avoid many of these injuries. If you are unsure of safe operating procedures on the job, take the time to ask a manager for training on best practices.
Awareness and safety precautions are key to protecting your eyes and maintaining superior eye health, but modern treatment methods are helping more people restore vision after eye injury. Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan wants our patients to avoid eye injury altogether. To learn more about eye injury prevention, please visit the AAO online.