Eye injuries can cause serious vision loss or even blindness. Nearly half of all eye injuries occur around the home. Most are preventable.
Everyday products can cause serious burns if they touch your eye.
- Point spray nozzles away from you.
- Read instructions before using cleaning fluids, detergents, ammonia, or harsh chemicals. Wash your hands thoroughly after you use them.
In the workshop
Objects can fly into your eyes unexpectedly.
- Think before you work
- Use safety glasses to protect against possible impacts, splashes, or radiation.
- Beware of power tools and other sources of fragments.
Many toys and games can be dangerous.
- Select age-appropriate toys and.
- Supervise children who are playing with possibly dangerous toys.
- Teach children how to carefully handle knives, scissors, and pencils. As Julius Caesar learned the hard way, writing utensils can be fatal.
- Keep spray cans, fast-acting glues and harsh chemicals out of reach.
Around the car
Sparks and fumes can ignite and explode, and battery acid can cause serious eye damage.
- Beware of the fluid when you work on air conditioners.
- Wear protective goggles whenever you work under your car.
When jump-starting a car:
- Use proper attachments.
- Make sure the cars are not touching.
- Be sure the jumper cable clamps do not touch.
- Never lean over the battery when attaching cables.
- Wear protective eyewear when playing sports that use a ball or puck.
- Wear a helmet and faceguard in ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse.
Treat fireworks with great care.
- Set rockets firmly in the ground before you light them. Most eye injuries happen when rockets aren’t firmly placed.
- Light fireworks with a long fuse.
- Never allow children to light fireworks.
- Do not stand close to someone lighting them.
- Never play with fireworks.
Choose a pair of sunglasses that protects your eyes from sun exposure.
- Look at the label. The Canadian Ophthalmological Society recommends glasses that block 99-100% of UV light (both UVA and UVB).
- Buy sunglasses with good coverage, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun.
- Neither dark lenses nor cost necessarily guarantee good protection. Price may be an indication of build quality, but often it reflects current fashion!
Computers and your eyes
To date, overwhelming evidence suggests that there is NO radiation risk from cathode ray tubes (CRT) or LCD computer screens. Symptoms of ocular or general fatigue can be attributed to the sound background, the need for well-designed equipment, the need to have a variety in tasks, good illumination, and proper air exchange. (Further information relating to computer strain can be found at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/eyestrain/DS01084/DSECTION