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Studies are showing that more than half of all eye injuries that occur every single year happen at home. It is important to understand the risks your home presents. Some of which you may not even know about.

According to recent studies from the American Academy of Ophthalmology the the American Society of Ocual Trauma the most common place for injuries to occur is outside in the garden or in the yard. 1 in 4 eye injuries occurred during some kind of home renovation or home repair project.

Prevent Blindness America, has declared October Home Eye Safety Month in an effort to raise public awareness in protecting your eyes even when away from the workplace and avoid painful and potentially blinding accidents. This covers everything from corneal abrasions to chemical burns or punctures to permanent eye or vision loss.

The problem is that when working or doing projects in the comfort of our own homes or yard, we often become complacent about our surroundings and forget to take proper safety precautions and often fail to wear proper safety glasses.

We urge everyone to wear safety glasses when doing any type of project that could pose a risk to your vision.

Prevent Blindness America Recommends the following:

– Provide effective lights and handrails to improve safety on stairs and reduce the risk of falls.

– Never mix cleaning agents. Read and follow all manufacturer instructions and warning labels.

– Wear safety glasses with side protection or dust goggles to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles to guard against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides.

– If you wear prescription glasses, many safety glasses or goggles will fit over your regular glasses. Regular eyeglasses do not always provide enough protection, and may even cause further injury upon impact.

– Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing. Make sure others in the yard are wearing eye protection as well as bystanders can be hit by flying debris.

– Keep paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and similar products properly stored in a secure area. Read and follow all product instructions.

– Keep tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced.

– Welding or brazing requires special safety goggles or helmets. Consult your equipment instruction or supplier for the proper protection.

 

Source: Prevent Blindness America

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