By Erin Evans on Oct 26, 2015 @ 04:00 PM
Did you know that October is Eye Injury Prevention Month? It's sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in order to remind everyone that eye protection is very important. In the United States, eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment. These include black eyes, corneal abrasions or damage from foreign objects that enter the eye.
Eye injuries happen quickly and when they are least expected. Forty percent of eye injuries happen when playing sports or participating in recreational activities. Eye injuries can also occur:
- When yard debris flies into unprotected eyes
- From fumes from household cleaners
- At fireworks shows
Symptoms of eye injuries include blurred vision, redness or swelling, sensitivity to light and pain or strong burning sensations. If you suffer a chemical burn, serious cut or an eye injury caused by a foreign object, see your eye care provider right away.
Most of the eye injuries that occur every year are preventable. Below are some ways you can protect your eyes from injury.
- Wear safety goggles when using hazardous materials.
- Never mixing cleaning agents.
- Check your lawn for debris before mowing.
- Wear proper eyewear while playing sports.
- Wear safety goggles when applying fertilizers and pesticides.
- Wear sunglasses when spending time outdoors.
Along with these tips, be sure to visit your eye care provider annually. This will ensure that your vision stays healthy throughout the year.