October 2008




Eye protection shouldn’t be limited to the work place



Aside from welders in a shop setting, protective eyewear may not be a bad idea around the house as well, according to a report by KFYR-TV in North Dakota. Nearly half of all eye injuries occur around the home, the report said. The report cited the data (provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, AAO) that pointed out workplace injuries are down due to regulations and employee education, but eye injuries at home are steadily rising.

“A lot of it is just having injuries working around the yard, working around the house, doing things like grass cutting, trimming trees, planting things, wood working, hobbies, hammering things, stuff like that,” ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin Lorenz told the news channel.

Lorenz said the most serious home eye injuries he treats are ones caused by objects traveling at high speeds, “Something being blown out of a lawnmower, a weed eater, leaf blower, things like that.”

Other common injuries are caused by people cleaning with bleach, securing equipment with bungee cords, or while doing home repairs, according to AAO, the report said. In addition, only a third of people wear protective eyewear when working at home.

The report recommended keeping at least one pair of protective glasses or goggles in your home to prevent eye injuries.

Source: http://www.kfyrtv.com/News_Stories.asp?news=22337

Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

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