July is Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month: A serious eye injury is not always immediately obvious. Delaying medical attention can cause the damaged areas to worsen and could result in permanent vision loss or blindness.
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July is Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month: A serious eye injury is not always immediately obvious. Delaying medical attention can cause the damaged areas to worsen and could result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

Don't take your eyesight for granted!!!! Loss or impairment of vision would severely restrict job opportunities. It would also greatly reduce your general enjoyment of life

Always wear eye protection when spray painting, grinding, drilling, welding, sawing, working in a dusty environment, or handling chemicals. The eyes are very sensitive.
Develop the habit of putting on safety glasses or goggles whenever you work with hand or power tools. 
The leading causes of eye injury include: 
  • sports accidents, 
  • fireworks, 
  • yard and workshop debris, 
  • and household chemicals.
  • Chemical exposure and Burn

You may be some what aware of the possible risks of eye injuries, but are you taking the easiest step of all to prevent 90 percent of those injuries likely to occur, when you hammer nails or metal, work with power tools or chemicals, or do any activity that might cause a burn to your eyes: Wearing the proper protective eyewear:Several types of eye protection devices are available such as:  
  • Safety glasses: Should have impact resistant lenses. 
  • Goggles: Plastic goggles protect the eyes against front and side impact.
  • face shields: Face shields protect the face against splashing, dust, and chaff.

The eye protection chosen for specific work situations depends upon:
  • the nature and extent of the hazard, 
  • the circumstances of exposure, 
  • other protective equipment used,
  •  and personal vision needs. 
Eye protection should be fit to an individual or adjustable to provide appropriate coverage.  (An eye examination may be helpful in determining what type of protective eyewear is needed.)  

Injuries such as cuts, chemical burns or foreign bodies stuck in the eye are emergencies. Don't try to treat these yourself - contact your Eye M.D. or emergency room for help immediately. AIso, in case of a chemical burn to the eye, flush the eye with clean water and seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Eye injuries are common in children, and many can be prevented.  Toys—from crayons to toy guns—are a major source of injury, so check all toys for sharp or pointed parts. Household items, such as elastic cords, can also strike the eye and cause injury.

Teach your children about eye safety.
  • Be a good role model—always wear proper eye protection.
  • Get protective eyewear for your children, and help them use it properly.
  • Teach children that flying toys should never be pointed at another person.
  • Teach children how to carry sharp or pointed objects properly.
  • Teach children that any kind of missile, projectile, or BB gun is not a toy.

Use safety measures near fires and explosives, such as campfires and fireworks

Prevention is the first and most important step in protecting your eyes from injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate protective eyewear. If you do experience an eye injury, seek medical attention promptly.



3 Comments to July is Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month: A serious eye injury is not always immediately obvious. Delaying medical attention can cause the damaged areas to worsen and could result in permanent vision loss or blindness.:

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Melinda Lawrence on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 11:51 PM
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks accounted for approximately 7,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2008,1,000 of those were eye injuries. Sparklers, fireworks, roman candles, and bottle rockets each contributed to the eye injuries.
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Dwint Family Health NP, PLLC on Monday, September 07, 2015 6:08 PM
Welcome to our blog! Thanks for the information. Lokking forward to hearing from you again

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