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Advice on the Prevention of Eye Injuries to Maintain Healthy Vision
We are dedicated to the restoration of sight as well as the prevention of blinding eye conditions
Accidental eye injury is the leading cause of visual impairment in the U.S. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than one million people suffer from eye injuries each year, and 90 percent of these injuries could have been prevented if the individual had been wearing appropriate protective eyegear. In 2013, 1,197 corneas were provided for patients in the U.S. who suffered from mechanical or chemical trauma to the eye, accounting for 1.8 percent of all transplants that year.
To avoid eye injuries, follow these suggestions:
- Safety glasses should have lenses made of polycarbonate (an especially strong, shatterproof, lightweight plastic) and be 3 mm thick. A plastic or polycarbonate frame will reduce the risk of injury from the frames themselves. Frames that meet ANSI standards offer the best available protection for general spectacle wear. For maximum protection, the eyewear should fit properly and be worn securely.
- Use proper protective eyewear when using chemicals, both at work and at home. Read instructions and labels carefully before using chemicals.
- Wear protective eyewear when there is danger of flying objects, fumes, dust, sparks, ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation.
- Wear protective eyewear when working with power equipment in the yard to avoid injury from projectile rocks or debris that can cause injury to the operator as well as to bystanders.
- Do not allow children to ignite fireworks or stand near others who are doing so. All fireworks are potentially dangerous.
- Students should wear protective goggles when participating in shop class and some science labs.
- Use appropriate eye and head protection when participating in sports.
- Only wear sunglasses with labels stating blockage of 99-100 percent of UV rays.
- When an injury does occur, it is always best to have an ophthalmologist examine the eye as soon as possible. The seriousness of the injury may not be immediately obvious.