Eye Safety Practices at Home
The home is where nearly half of all eye injuries occur. It’s hard to believe, considering the home is one of our safest places. Most eye injuries are preventable and there are a number of precautions we can take to minimize risk.
Small hazards left around the home such as pens, pencils and the corners of table can hazard cause an accident. There are also cleaning chemicals and small toys that can inflict harm. Even cooking too close to the stove and having hot oil pop into your eye is an unexpected eye emergency.
Tips for Home Eye Safety
Wear safety glasses or goggles. Protective eyewear is essential when working with any tool that can pitch debris into the eye. The proper protection is also necessary when using any kinds of chemicals or performing electrical work.
Avoid tripping and slipping hazards. Don’t just worry about banana peels! Rug pads, handrails and proper lighting can prevent accidents from happening.
Potential outdoor dangers. Before mowing the lawn pick up any item that can be hurled from the mower or weed wacker into the eye. Wearing safety glasses or goggles is suggested.
Wash your hands thoroughly. After working with chemicals or even slicing jalapeños. Don’t touch your eyes when using chemical cleaners or dicing those hot peppers and chilis.
Have a plan. Accidents do happen. Always seek immediate medical attention with eye injuries. Woodlands Eye Associates takes eye emergencies very seriously. Our optometrists provide urgent care for most eye emergencies.
Call us first for eye emergencies and avoid the wait and potential high out-of-pocket costs for an Emergency Room visit. Your eye health and comfort are our top priority. You can reach us at either of our convenient locations in The Woodlands. Medical Plaza: 1001 Medical Plaza Dr., Ste. 100, 281-367-2020 or Panther Creek: 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr., Ste. 230, 281-367-5335. You can also visit us out online at https://woodlandseye.com.