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Being aware of the risk of eye injury at work-as well as at home, and using measures consistent with good eye safety practices can go a long way to avoiding eye injuries. Believe it or not, every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States sustain job-related work injuries that require some type of medical treatment. Prevent Blindness America reports that 2.4 million eye injuries occur each year, with nearly 1 million resulting in some degree of vision loss. About 90 percent of these injuries are avoidable, when the right eye protection is worn, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The most common eye injuries are:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires workers to use eye and face protection whenever there is a reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented with proper equipment, such as goggles, face shields or safety glasses. The best way to avoid eye injury from household chores, activities and tasks is to wear proper protective eyewear.
- Cuts or scrapes from flying objects, such as metal and wood chips, that become embedded in the eye
- Burns from steam, infrared light or splashes of chemicals, grease or oil
- Infections from contaminated substances, such as splashes of blood or respiratory droplets or other products on fingers that are used to touch or rub the eyes
If you have questions or need assistance with protective eyewear feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.
Posted by Dr. Samuel Solish, MD at 10:42 AM
Sunday, October 4, 2015
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
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.
- 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!
Posted by Dr. Robert Daly, MD at 2:32 PM