Did you know that experts have reported that more than 90% of all eye injuries could have been prevented by wearing goggles or simply taking more precaution? Don’t fall victim to avoidable eye injuries. Here are some examples of times and circumstances that warrant some extra eye protection.
Doing Yard Work
Particularly when mowing the lawn, using a weed trimmer, or operating an edger, you should wear safety glasses or goggles with side protection. Many times, a rock can get caught in the blades and be projected into the air—and potentially into your eyes. Wearing side protection glasses and goggles will ensure that no eye damage is done during an event like this.
Using Power Tools
Everyone knows that they should be wearing protective eyewear while using power tools—right? Not according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. One in five eye injuries occurring at home involved the use of power tools. Most often, eye injuries occur when wood or metal shavings fly into the eye while working with a power tool. You should always have protective eyewear on before ever turning on your tools.
According to the National Eye Institute, more than 30,000 children sustain serious eye injuries each year while playing sports. Each sport has a specific type of protective eyewear that can be worn, so make sure to check with your ophthalmologist about which kind of eye protection is available and fits correctly.
Many people use chemicals while cleaning around the house or in the yard while cleaning pools and pool pumps. These can be extremely dangerous and harmful if they come into contact with your eyes. Taking the extra precaution to wear protective eyewear while cleaning with chemicals can save you from an accidental splash from a harmful chemical.