Eye Injury Prevention Month, eye health safety tips - A State of Sight #91

Eye injuries can be very common, but many of these could have been prevented. Watch this episode of A State of Sight with Isaac Porter, MD to learn more about basic eye safety tips for Eye Injury Prevention Month.

Welcome to A State of Sight, I’m Isaac Porter and this is your update in ophthalmology and eye care. We are just finishing eye injury prevention month, so I thought it would be a great time to share with you some eye injury prevention tips that can help keep you safe.
My dad reminded me about this because he was having a safety meeting with his work and he has two co-workers who have lost vision in one eye from injuries. One of these was from an injury at work and the other was an injury at home. That is the average, half of all eye injuries happen at home.
It is very important to use a good pair of safety glasses to protect your eyes when you are working. If you are looking for a pair, you should see a rating from ANSI, the American National Standards Institute with the mark “Z87” on glasses that have been approved for safety purposes.
The key feature of these glasses is the nice wide lens that covers the eye and also has a wrap around to the side. At times, we will see injuries to the eye that come from an angle when people are wearing regular glasses. Having a foreign object fly in to the eye is commonly caused by people working in their yards or cutting, trimming, and mowing grass. It is very important to wear safety glasses at all times while working in any type of activity like this.
Other injuries can happen when people are working on cars or working with metal, where we may see small pieces of rust or metal fly into the eyes after hammering or cutting. Click here to watch another episode of A State of Sight covering foreign objects in the eye.
Another type of injury includes abrasions, or scratches, on the eye. This can happen when an object scrapes off of the surface of the eye or it can actually cut the eye, which is more severe.
A different type of protection for the eyes is protection from UV light. For this, we recommend that our patients use sunglasses or glasses with full 100% UV protection when in sunlight. UV light has been shown to cause cataracts and also can contribute to macular degeneration. Additionally, welders should always wear good welding masks because this type of UV damage can severely burn their eyes.
Finally, be careful when you are working with chemicals, particularly strong acids or strong alkali chemicals like bleach. These can also burn the eye, so while pouring and working with these at home or at work, make sure you’re careful and wear eye protection when you need it.

I hope you keep your eyes safe, and if you have any questions about eye injury prevention month please post them we will be happy to answer. We hope to see you again soon next time on A State of Sight.