The following tips may help prevent eye
safety glasses, goggles, or face shields when you
hammer nails or metal, work with power tools or chemicals, or do any activity
that might cause a burn to your eyes. If you work with hazardous chemicals that
could splash into your eyes, know how to flush chemicals out, and know the
location of the nearest shower or sink.
- If you are welding or are near
someone else who is welding, wear a mask or goggles designed for welding.
- Wear protective eyewear during sports such as hockey, racquetball,
or paintball that involve the risk of a blow to the eye. Baseball is the most
common sport to cause eye injuries. Fishhook injuries are another common cause
of eye injuries. Protective eyewear can prevent sports-related eye injuries
more than 90% of the time. An eye examination may be helpful in determining
what type of protective eyewear is needed.
- Injuries from
ultraviolet (UV) light can be prevented by wearing
sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) rays and by wearing broad-brimmed hats.
Be aware that the eye can be injured from sun glare during boating, sunbathing,
or skiing. Use eye protection while you are under tanning lamps or using
tanning booths. Laser pointers have not been shown to cause eye
- Wear your seat belt when in a motor vehicle. Use
child car seats.
Prevention tips for children
Eye injuries are common
in children, and many can be prevented. Most eye injuries happen in older
children. They happen more often in boys than in girls. Toys—from crayons to
toy guns—are a major source of injury, so check all toys for sharp or pointed
parts. Household items, such as elastic cords, can also strike the eye and
Teach your children about eye safety.
- Be a good role model—always wear proper eye
- Get protective eyewear for your children, and help them
use it properly.
- Teach children that flying toys should never be
pointed at another person.
- Teach children how to carry sharp or
pointed objects properly.
- Teach children that any kind of missile,
projectile, or BB gun is not a toy.
- Use safety measures near fires
and explosives, such as campfires and fireworks.
Any eye injury that appears unusual for a child's age should
be evaluated as possible child
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
December 23, 2011
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