July is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Eye injuries can occur anywhere and usually when it is least suspected. Taking simply precautionary steps will reduce the risk of eye injury which can cause permanent damage or even blindness.

  1. Wear sunglasses when out of doors, regardless of the season. Everyone is aware that the sun damages the skin but those same UV rays also damage the eyes. Unprotected exposure adds up, leaving the eyes vulnerable to short and long term health problems such as cataracts, age related macular degeneration and even cancer of the eye or surrounding skin. 
  2.  Wear eye protection during risky activities such as exposure to flying objects, dust, debris or even participating in sports. 
  3. Take caution when working with any chemicals in the home or the work place.
  4. Supervise children during their use of pencils, scissors, paperclips and rubber bands. 
  5. Be careful when cooking or using hot objects. Use grease shields in the kitchen and be careful with curling irons around the eyes.
  6. Eliminate hazards that may cause falls. Secure rugs and railings. Consider covering sharp furniture edges with a cushioning matter if small children or the elderly are in the home.
  7. Avoid backyard fireworks and leave this activity to professionals.
  8. Be cautious when opening champagne bottles.  Point the bottle at a 45 degree angle away from yourself and others.