Eye Injury Prevention Month

Eye injury prevention month is observed in October, even though we should be aware 365 days a year. Eye injuries range from eyestrain to chemical burns. Most people believe that most eye injuries occur on the job. Especially in factories and construction sites. Most of all trauma to the eye take place in the home when doing tasks such as:

  • Home repairs
  • Yard work
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Improper care of contact lenses
  • Projectile toys

That is not to say there are no workplace eye injuries. One thousand eye injuries occur in American workplaces every day.

Protests, riots and urban warfare are increasingly leading to vision-threatening eye injuries around the world.

Another 40% of eye injuries that occur are related to sports or outdoor activities. Basketball, hockey, and baseball cause the most eye injuries, followed by water activities and racquet sports. The most common eye injuries in sports include:

  1. Blunt trauma injuries
  • Orbital blow-out fracture
  • Ruptured globe
  • Detached retina
  1. Penetration injuries
  2. Radiation injuries
  3. Corneal Abrasion
  4. Bee stings

A great many of these injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear. Protect your eyes before it’s too late. Depending on the activity simple devices can save your sight.

  • a helmet
  • a face shield
  • sunglasses
  • goggles

Sources:

www.aao.org

www.nei.nih.gov

www.familydoctor.org

www.preventblindness.org

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