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Preventing Eye Injuries
Posted on 07/20/2018
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Eye injuries are fairly common at home and in the workplace, but they don’t have to be. Most injuries are actually the result of bad safety habits. Some 90 percent of all those who experience eye injuries were not using the proper eye safety precautions at the time of the accident. By using the right safety gear conscientiously, you can minimize the damage during an accident. Often, it protects the eyes totally, and even when it doesn’t, safety gear reduces the damage done.

Prevention Tips

  • Remember that nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries take place in the home, and use proper vision protection during household projects

  • Safety glasses and other forms of vision protection are necessary whenever you use power tools that could kick back debris

  • Goggles that seal around the face should be used when you’re dealing with potential eye irritants, so if you use professional-quality cleaning chemicals in your home, it’s a good idea to protect yourself

  • At work, remember that vision protection has the same needs—you’ll only be protected from irritant gases and liquid splashes if you have a full barrier

  • Review safety procedures for projects and operations with everyone involved before starting, whether you are at work or at home

What to do in an Accident

Even with the best prevention, eye injuries will happen from time to time. If you are protected, it is likely you’ll have less to worry about, but knowing how to respond to an accident can help prevent long-term injuries. To prevent an accident from causing an injury, follow these tips:

  • Keep eyewash stations well-stocked and make sure you know how to use them

  • At home, have a plan for flushing the eyes in the event that someone is exposed to a harmful chemical around the house

  • Discard safety glasses after an accident and immediately assess the eyes to see if any debris made it through

  • Flush eyes to remove small debris, but seek help immediately if there is bleeding from the eye

Contact Us After an Accident

Even if you don’t need emergency treatment, it’s a good idea to get assessed after an accident so you can be sure your vision was not impaired. To make an appointment for a post-accident follow-up, contact our office today.