24 Jan Practical Eye Safety Tips You Can Use
Did you know that the majority of reported eye injuries occur in the house when people are carrying out mundane activities like mowing the lawn, cooking meals, cleaning, or working in garages?
Your eyes could be permanently injured or damaged by a number of threats that exist both within and outside of your home. These kinds of accidents can possibly cause permanent blindness.
One millisecond is all it takes to produce life-altering damage to your eyes –the kind of damage that could severely impair your eyesight or, worse still, permanently rob you of it.
Below are a few practical safety tips that can help prevent you or your loved ones from becoming another eye-damage statistic.
Practical Eye Safety Tips
1) Use Safety Goggles or Glasses
Use safety glasses or goggles with side protection when mowing your lawn. These goggles prevent foreign objects from entering your eye from any direction or angle.
Before you start mowing, it is recommended you visually inspect the grass on your property to look for any large sticks, pine cones, or other types of debris that could act as a projectile and cause injury.
2) Shield Your Eyes from Cleaning Agents
While cleaning your house, be mindful of the fact that bleach, cleansers, and other common household chemical cleaning agents are responsible for at least 125,000 cases of eye injury annually.
When working with these compounds, always be sure to wear eye protection.
3) Quit Smoking
Smoking can increase your risk of developing a wide range of optical conditions, including cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.
If you have attempted to kick this habit in the past but ended up falling back into it, do not give up. The more effort you put in despite the setbacks, the greater your chances of eventual success are.
If possible, seek help from your doctor.
4) Wash Your Hands
The average person touches their face approximately 16 times every hour. If you have any chemicals or other contaminants on your hands, then touching your face (and, by extension, your eyes) can prove to be harmful.
If you have worked with cleaning chemicals, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before touching your eyes or face.
5) Read Labels
Be sure to read and follow all of the directions that come with any power equipment you’ll be using, and pay attention to any cautions that are printed on the chemical containers and packaging you’ll be working with.
6) Eat a Healthy Diet
The food you eat plays a key role in your eye health. Nutrients, such as vitamins E and C, zinc, lutein, and omega-3 fatty acids, can keep age-related vision issues like cataracts and macular degeneration at bay.
Eye-healthy foods include:
- Leafy greens like collards, kale, and spinach
- Oily fish like tuna and salmon
- Nonmeat sources of protein like beans, nuts, and eggs
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Pork and oysters
To sum up, there is plenty you can do to keep your eyes safe and healthy. However, if you are suffering from a vision-related issue, it is best to get it checked out timely; this way – the sooner the issue is diagnosed, the likelier the treatment protocol is to bear results.
In addition, our Campbellsville location has a full-service Optical Shoppe and even offers a wide range of safety glasses or goggles, suitable for at home or commercial use. Learn more about our Optical Shoppe and the brands we carry.
If you want to schedule a comprehensive eye care exam or benefit from one of our eye-care services, please feel free to reach out to us.