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Eye Care / Avoiding Eye Injuries

How to prevent eye injuries:

Eye injuries affect more than 1,000,000 people every year, yet 90 percent of these injuries are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear. Consider these reminders from Prevent Blindness America and discuss these with your adolescent:

At home or outside:
  • Household products cause more than 32,000 serious eye injuries each year.
  • Wash your hands after using household chemicals.
  • Wear chemical safety goggles when using hazardous solvents and detergents, and do not mix cleaning agents around or near your child.
  • Turn spray nozzles away from your face and the faces of others.
  • Read and follow directions when opening bottle-tops (i.e., wine, carbonated beverages).
  • Read and follow directions when playing games and operating equipment.
  • Provide lights and handrails to improve safety on stairs.
  • Keep paints, pesticides, and fertilizers properly stored in a secure area.
  • Be sure to wear recommended protective goggles, helmets, and safety gear during the appropriate activities.
  • Use guards on all power equipment.
  • Protect your eyes from the sun with either by a wind-brimmed hat or by wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunglasses.
  • Never look directly at the sun (especially during an eclipse).
At play:
  • Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 40,000 victims of sports eye injuries.
  • Recommended protective eyewear should be worn during the appropriate sports and recreational activities.
  • A helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield should be worn during the appropriate sports.
  • Fireworks should be handled with care and only be adults.
  • Appropriate protective eyewear should be worn during sporting and recreational activities.
  • Protective eyewear should be worn when using lawnmowers, as debris may be projected into the air.
  • At school, it is important to wear protective eye wear when performing science or lab experiments.

What eye hazards may be associated with cosmetic use?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cosmetics are among some of the most common sources of problems for contact lens wearers. Misusing cosmetics can lead to severe adverse reactions, including the following:

What safety practices should take place?

There are safety measures for choosing, applying, and wearing cosmetics, which you should discuss with your daughter to help protect her eyes while wearing contact lenses. Make sure she abides by the following for safe use:

Eye strain and computer use:

The following are the most common symptoms ofeye strain, which may be attributed to prolonged computer screen viewing. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

Symptoms of eye strain are often relieved by resting the eyes, changing the work environment, and/or wearing the proper glasses. The symptoms ofeye strain may resemble other eye conditions. Always consult your adolescent's physician for a diagnosis.

How is eyestrain avoided?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided the following helpful suggestions for making the appropriate workstation modifications to help avoid eye strain:

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