Regardless of what you do for work or recreation, knowing some key facts about eye injury and how to prevent eye injuries is one of the most basic things you can do to preserve your eye health and vision. While you are probably aware of some of the risks of eye injury, you may not know that by wearing proper protective eyewear it is possible to prevent 90 percent of those injuries! What is most troubling is that according to a survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35 percent of people say that they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance and even less wear protective eyewear while playing sports.
Eye Injury Facts and Myths
Who is more likely to have an eye injury-men or women? Men!
Are eye injuries more common on the job or at home? Nearly half of all eye injuries occurred in the home! In fact more than 40 percent of eye injuries were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.
More than 40 percent of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.
Eyes can be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust or objects.
Among people who have had eye injuries, more than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury!
If you or someone you know is concerned about eye injury and wants to learn more about preventing eye injuries and protective eyewear, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.