Did you know that October is Home Eye Safety Month? It is a great reminder that most eye injuries can be prevented. Each year, over 2 million eye injuries happen at home. Your eyes deserve the utmost care! Some of the most common injuries are caused by bungee cords. To celebrate Home Eye Safety Month we want to expand awareness of things you can do to help reduce your risk of eye injury.
Tips for Eye Safety
- Have regular comprehensive eye exams. One of the best ways to keep your eyes safe is to have them examined for eye diseases that you might not even know you have as they often don’t have symptoms until very advanced.
- Wear eye protection. Eye protection, such as full safety goggles, protects your eyes against particles, dust, flying debris, and chemical splashes. This is even important when doing simple tasks such as gardening or hanging a picture.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands after completing a task and before touching your eyes or face.
- Don’t mix chemicals. When using hazardous products, such as bleach, detergents, or other cleaning agents, never mix them and always be sure to follow the manufacturer guidelines.
- Throw away bungee cords. One of the most common eye injuries we see are due to bungee cords. If you are going to use them, wear safety goggles and be extremely cautious. Also, use more modern varieties that don’t have metal or sharp ends.
- If you have an emergency, call us! Many times you can skip the ER and come straight to us for care. Our number is (915) 267-2020. We also currently have plenty of openings for routine medical eye exams.
Dr. Ellman was recently interviewed on KFOX news about home eye safety. Watch the interview below:
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