People often think about eye injuries related to sports and the 4th of July. And that is a good thought. But also remember that many eye injuries occur around the home.
"Almost 40 percent of eye injuries happen to people doing yard work or gardening at home, yet few people think about wearing eye protection during these times."
You can follow these steps from Prevent Blindness America to protect your eyes:
- Wear safety glasses with side protection or goggles when mowing or using a weed eater or power cutting tools, like saws or trimmers.
- Check your yard and remove debris before mowing.
- Turn off power tools when near an unprotected bystander, especially young children. Bystanders and helpers should have eye protection when tools are in use.
- Wear goggles to protect your eyes from fertilizers, pesticides and other yard chemicals, including lime dust.
- Read and follow all product instructions. Obey warnings on yard chemicals and equipment.
- Wear eye protection when using any chemical. After any project, wash hands thoroughly before touching the eyes or face.
You can read more here: http://www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=619112
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.