Eye Safety at Home Eye safety at home is as essential as anywhere else. Surprisingly cooking and cleaning around the home cause an average of 125,000 eye injuries every year. Household chemicals and hot cooking oil can splash in your eyes, causing a burn. Additionally, some eye injuries occur while decorating your home. If you are screwing or nailing something into concrete or brick, particles can jump from the surface and enter your eye, causing severe pain. And while some eye injuries can occur from a simple slip or fall, others can happen due to a curling iron being accidentally held too close to your eye or even a champagne cork travelling across the room and hitting someone in the eye.
Eye Injuries in the Garage While working in the garage, accidents can easily occur when using hand or power tools. The user can get distracted or simply make a mistake. Fragments, dust or other eye irritants from the work at hand can quickly make their way to the eye area or into your eye itself. Other common eye injuries happen while working with solvents or chemicals and when securing bungee cords (which can quickly snap back and hit you in the eye).
Eye Injury Risks in the Yard Most yard-related eye injuries occur when taking care of the lawn or yard. Rocks and other objects can bounce up when mowing the yard, trimming weeds, edging the driveway or clipping hedges and bushes. In addition, pool chemicals can splash back up in your face while pouring, causing a chemical burn to one or both eyes.
Dr. Fruchtman highly encourages you to use the utmost precaution to prevent injuries that can affect your eyesight for the rest of your life. Wear eye protection whenever possible. An abundance of caution in advance is always better than a trip to the emergency room or an emergency trip to our office.
In summary, here is a quick reference list of common eye injuries in the home.
Household products and chemicals, such as oven cleaner or bleach
Hot grease and oil spatters
Opening a champagne bottle
Drilling screws or hammering nails into hard surfaces, such as concrete or brick
Curling irons, straightening irons, and other hot objects
Slips and falls due to stairs, railings, rugs, etc.
Power or hand tools
Solvents and chemicals
Dust particles, chemical overspray, and other eye irritants
Mowing the lawn
Power trimmer or edger
Clipping hedges and bushes
Eye Safety at Home is as essential as anywhere else.