The AAO warns of common causes of eye injuries in the home:
The AAO also notes that people can be injured at home with sports or yard games equipment, even bungee cords and popular resistance bands. And sadly, with tensions high and people cooped up together during the pandemic, experts tell us there has been an increase in injuries caused by domestic violence and elder abuse.
According to Prevent Blindness, a leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, one important way to protect our eyes is to wear protective eyewear when appropriate. Wear safety glasses or dust goggles to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles to protect against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides.
Protective eyewear should be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The eyewear should have the “Z-87” logo stamped on the frames. It’s important not to assume that your usual glasses or sunglasses will provide the protection you need.
Here are some other tips from Prevent Blindness:
“When we’re at home, it’s tempting to think we aren’t susceptible to dangers, but most eye accidents happen at home when we’re doing things like working in the yard, cleaning the house, or repairing a broken item,” said Hugh R. Parry, former president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We urge everyone to monitor their surroundings and take the necessary precautions to help ensure the gift of sight lasts a lifetime.”
The information in this article is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. If you or a loved one experiences an eye injury, contact your doctor or ophthalmologist right away.