July is eye Injury MonthPosted: July 25, 2011
July is eye injury prevention month! The summer is a great time relax, maybe do some work around the house, and fix things up. But, not everyone remembers to wear sunglasses or safety goggles while doing all this work. American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that more than two million eye injuries occur each year in the United States. 45% of these occur in the home, with another 40% occurring from sports or other recreational activities. 90% of these are preventable and only 35% occur while wearing some sort of eyewear.
July is an especially important month for eye care because of July 4th. Fireworks cause many injuries, especially eye injuries because almost nobody is wearing eye protection while viewing the show. There are around 2,00 firework eye injuries every year, and 50% occur in children 15 and younger. It can be hard to force your children to wear eye protection, but it would be more regrettable to not. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma recommend that every household have at least one pair of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) glasses. These have side shields that protect any debris or fluids from splashing into the eye. These will also have the ANSI marking on the side.
It is also important to remember that the sun is three times stronger in the summer, so always wear UV protection glasses. If you are going to be working in the sun with a lot of hazardous materials try and find a pair of safety goggles that have UV protection as well.
It is an easy safety precaution that will help to prevent up to 90% of eye injuries. Make sure to go out and by yourself a pair of safety as goggles, as well as actually using them!