Do you take your eyesight for granted? Spend one day alone with your eyes bandaged closed so you can’t see and try to get along. You will never again take your sight for granted and you may begin to start taking more precautions to protect your sight.
By being aware of potential hazards and following safety precautions, you may save your sight or the sight of a loved one. Experts believe that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries. In the United States alone more than one million people suffer from eye injuries each year and according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nine out of ten of these injuries could have been prevented if the individual had been wearing the proper protective eyewear.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the most common causes of injury? They are: sport accidents, fireworks, household chemicals and acids, workshop debris and yard debris. Two simple things — wearing the correct protective eyewear and the avoidance of fireworks (other than professional displays away from the home) would prevent almost all eye injuries.
Learn how to prevent eye injuries in the house, in the workshop, in the garden, in the workplace and around the car. And, especially for the children — the leading cause of blindness in children is eye injury and three out of four of children’s eye injuries happen when no adult is present — learn and be aware of the causes of eye injury.
Most eye injuries can be avoided by using proper eye protection. By being aware of potential hazards and following safety precautions, you may save your sight or the sight of a loved one.