Over 40% of reported eye injuries were caused by activities at home such as routine repairs, yardwork, cleaning, and cooking.
Did you know that most eye injuries occur in the home? According to the Eye Injury Snapshot study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma, over 40 percent of the reported eye injuries are caused by activities at home such as routine repairs, yardwork, cleaning, and cooking. Over a third of those injuries happen in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living, or family room.
What's the best way to prevent injury? You guessed it—wear eye protection! Of the people surveyed in the Eye Injury Snapshot study, 78 percent were not wearing eye protection when they were injured. "Wearing some type of eye protection is often the first line of defense in avoiding eye injuries," says Joel Kestenbaum, OD, a VSP provider at Optix Family Eyecare in Long Island, NY. "Safety glasses and other sports glasses come in a variety of styles and sizes, so make sure to find the right type of protection before beginning any project."
You can't prevent all eye damage, so here are some guidelines in case you're faced with an eye injury.
The first rule of thumb when you have any eye injury is to avoid touching, rubbing, or putting any kind of pressure on your eye. "Even if the injury seems mild, there may be internal damage to the eye," says Dr. Kestenbaum. He recommends that you visit your eye doctor as soon as you can in any case.
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