Eye injuries are a very common occurrence. Over one million people suffer from eye injuries every year in the United States. Most of these accidents can be prevented. Even if you wear glasses or contacts, this is not enough to protect your eyes from potential accidents. Minor injuries can cause abrasion to the cornea which can be very painful. In some cases, injuries can cause vision loss as well. To prevent these injuries, our specialists at Boston Eye Group have compiled a list of safety precautions for our patients.
There are many ways that your eyes can become injured, some that you may not even think of. That is why we have made a list for you to take some extra precautions and avoid an injury.
- Wear eye protection when mowing the lawn, gardening, or operating power tools.
- Wear safety goggles when working with chemicals.
- Polycarbonate sports goggles for high-impact sports.
- Avoid projectile items.
- Make sure spray nozzles face away from the face.
- Use grease shields to cover frying pans.
- Wear protective eyewear when using tanning beds.
What to Do If You Sustain an Injury
If any chemicals have gotten into your eye be sure to wash out your eye with water immediately. Sometimes you may sustain an injury and not notice it. If you have blurred vision, partial loss of vision, or double vision, seek medical attention immediately. If you feel any sharp pains in your eyes go to an emergency room right away.
If you have any questions regarding eye injuries contact the Boston Eye Group team so we can help.