Protect Your Eyes….June Is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, and the CDC reported that approximately  2000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury daily that requires medical treatment. About one-third of the injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments, and more than 100 of these injuries result in one or more days away from work.

During the summertime, many people, children, and adults are active at home and participating in outdoor sports. Summertime is the time of the year that usually leads to an increase in eye injuries. Therefore, steps must be taken at work and home to prevent damage to your eyes which could result in long-term negative consequences like the loss of vision.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology stated that many eye injuries occur on the job, and almost fifty percent occur in the home associated with activities like home repairs, yard work, cleaning, and cooking. Many are now excited and anxious to get back into outdoor activities due to the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Because of the excitement, people must take the proper steps to protect their eyes from serious injuries. Eye injuries can be severe and impact an individual’s future and entire way of life.

More than 40 percent of eye injuries each year are related to sports or recreational activities. The sun can also damage eyes, which is why it is important to wear sunglasses and sport-appropriate UV-protective glasses/goggles. Children must have the proper protection and are well versed in safety protocols. In the United States, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness for children, and most injuries are for school-aged children that are sports-related. It is estimated that these injuries cost approximately $175 million yearly and account for nearly 100,000 physician visits each year (American Academy of Ophthalmology). Ninety percent of all eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear. Ordinary prescription glasses, contacts, and sunglasses do not protect against eye injuries, and therefore you must speak with your eye doctor for the best advice and recommendations.

It is important to note that damage to any part of the eye, optic nerve, or any area of the brain related to vision can potentially lead to blindness. Several eye injuries such as a detached retina can only be detected by a doctor during an examination. Eye injuries are one major cause of blindness, physical or chemical. Eye injuries can range from getting a benign and removable substance in the eye to permanent vision loss.

Type of eye injuries are:

  • Cut or Scratch of Eyelid. Small cuts heal on their own. …
  • Bruise of the Eyelids. Also called a “black eye”. …
  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage. This is a flame-shaped bruise of the white part (sclera) of the eyeball. …
  • Corneal Abrasion. …
  • Acute Hyphema (Serious). …
  • Punctured Eyeball (Serious).

An eye injury that seems minor at first should be checked out, a serious eye issues can result in vision loss or blindness. Contact our office immediately if you believe you or your loved ones have experienced an eye injury.

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