Eye injuries happen, and often when we least expect them. According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work each year, and another 125,000 injure their eyes at home. Another 40,000 eye injuries occur while playing sports and thousands more go unreported each year. Did you know though up to 90% of all eye injuries could be avoided with the proper eye protection? Sure, safety goggles may not make a fashion statement, but they will protect you from potential blindness and also save you a costly trip to the E.R.
Not everyone realizes that items around their own homes can cause some of the worst eye injuries and happen all too often. Every year, over 125,000 people receive an eye injury from common household items like a splash of bleach or oven cleaner. Add in the threat of champagne corks, flying fragments from drills or yard equipment, a loose rug and the fall that follows or even a mishandled curling iron, and you may just wonder why eye injuries don’t happen MORE often!
If you find yourself with a potential injury to the eye, the most important thing is to see a professional right away. Denying your injury or attempting to fix it yourself has the potential to cause worse damage. Here are some signs you may have sustained an eye injury and should see someone immediately.
- You have obvious pain or trouble seeing.
- You notice a cut or torn eyelid.
- One eye does not move as well as the other.
- One eye sticks out compared to the other.
- You notice an eye has an unusual pupil size or shape.
- There is blood in the clear part of the eye.
- The person has something in the eye or under the eyelid that can't be easily removed.
Vision is a gift. Make sure you always wear proper eye protection when putting your vision at risk, and don’t leave your healthy vision to chance. You only have one pair of eyes to get you through an entire lifetime!