Prevent Blindness Declares October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 193,000 adults and children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for eye injuries that happened at home.

Recent data published in the Rhode Island Medical Journal indicates that consumer products cause the highest proportion of eye related emergency room visits.  They included:

  • chemicals for those ages 0-4 years, and in those ages 65 and over,
  • household items in 5-9 year-olds,
  • sports products in 10-24 year-olds,
  • cutting and construction tools in 25-64 year-olds

Prevent Blindness recommends the following to help prevent eye injuries at home:

  • Keep paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and similar products properly stored in a secure area.
  • Keep your tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced.
  • Wear safety glasses or dust goggles to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles to guard against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Wear chemical safety goggles when using hazardous solvents and detergents.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer instructions and warning labels.
  • Do not mix cleaning agents.
  • Know that regular eyeglasses don’t always provide enough protection.

Prevent Blindness offers free information at PreventBlindness.org/eye-safety-home.

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My friends call me Art. Welcome to my blog. In this space you’ll find information and comments on the ophthalmology world, the optical industry, the hearing industry and medical practice management. My intent is to provide information you can use to improve your business and your own performance. Please visit often and feel free to join the discussions by leaving comments.

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