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 7 QUICK TIPS TO AVOID EYE INJURIES

7 QUICK TIPS TO AVOID EYE INJURIES

Posted on July 12, 2014 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Vision Loss

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month! Your eyes are incredibly sensitive and can be injured very easily; this is especially true in the summer months when you are spending lots of time outside. Here are seven quick tips to prevent eye injuries and keep your eyes safe all year long.

Older woman pruning bushes in the garden with sun hat and sunglasses

HOW CAN I PREVENT AN EYE INJURY WHEN WORKING IN THE GARDEN?

“Most eye injuries in the garden are from branches striking the unprotected eye. So wear safety glasses and be alert. Also take caution around things like lawn mowers and power equipment which may launch something towards your eye. Note also that someone near you could be affected by debris set flying by a lawnmower or cutting machinery like power saws.” – Dr. Richard E. Bensinger

WHAT IS THE BEST PROTECTIVE EYE WEAR WHILST DOING SPORTS?

“Each sport that risks the eyes has unique protective gear. A hockey player needs different protection than a racquetball player.” – Dr. Tim Conrad

HOW CAN I PREVENT EYE INJURIES IN MY WORKSHOP?Protective Eye Wear

“Wear safety glasses, goggles, or face shields when you hammer nails or metal, work with power tools or chemicals, or do any activity that might cause a burn to your eyes. If you work with hazardous chemicals that could splash into your eyes, know how to flush chemicals out, and know the location of the nearest shower or sink.” – Dr. Michael H. T. Sia

WHY IS THERE EXCESSIVE TEARING AFTER EYE TRAUMA?

“The eye tears when it’s irritated. This can occur immediately from dirt or a scratch on the surface of the eye. It can be sensitive to light and tear the next day from a bruise of the eye as well. If something is poking the eye like an eyelash the eye can tear. Finally, if the eye is having trouble closing it can dry out and tear. Most often, tearing from trauma is transient.” – Dr. Scott M. Goldtstein

CAN YOU SUGGEST ACTIVITIES FOR SOMEONE ON BED REST FOR EYE INJURY?

“Depends. You need to ask your treating ophthalmologist what the limits of activity are for you which depends upon the extent of the injury and the means, medical or surgical, used to treat it. A good chance for communication and to learn isometric exercise.” – Dr. Richard E. Bensinger

WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF AN EYE INJURY?Eye exam

“Depending on the structure injured, and the nature of the injury, symptoms can include blurred vision, pain, redness of the eye, tearing, loss of central or peripheral vision, among others. Treatment depends on the nature and degree of the injury, but can include drops, patching, special bandage contact lenses, or surgery.” – Dr. Jeffrey B. Paul

HOW LIKELY TO DEVELOP GLAUCOMA AFTER EYE INJURY?

“The link between blunt trauma recession of the anterior chamber angle and secondary glaucoma was established by wolff and zimmerman in 1962. The risk is 3-4% in the first year and 10% later on. Other eye trauma features associated with increased risk are hyphema (blood in the anterior chamber), excess pigment clogging the trabecular meshwork, elevated baseline eye pressure, and lens displacement.” – Dr. Harold Peltan

CAN SOMEONE GET AN EYE INJURY DUE TO CONTACT LENS?

“If overused (like sleeping in them) and not correctly cleaned, you are at risk for a corneal infection which can lead to scarring.”  – Dr. Richard Scartozzi

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