- Most Eye Injures Can Be Prevented Through Sound Safety Practices and the Use of Proper Eye Protection-
CHICAGO (Sept. 25, 2012) –More than half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that occur every year happen within or around the home. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, accidental eye injury is one of the leading causes of visual impairment in the United States, yet only 35 percent of Americans wear protective eyewear when doing projects that could threaten their vision.
Injuries can occur from a variety of sources including power tools, yard debris, cleaning fluids and chemicals. Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has declared October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month to help educate the public on steps that can be taken to avoid painful eye injuries that, in some cases, may cause permanent vision loss. A web page dedicated to home eye safety education can be found at PreventBlindness.org/eye-safety-home.
“It is so vitally important to think about our eyes and the best ways to protect them, even when we’re doing work around the yard, house or in the garage,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “Eye injuries can happen in a split second but can have impact on vision for the rest of our lives.”
When performing household chores, Prevent Blindness America urges everyone to wear eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The eyewear should have the “Z-87” logo stamped on the frames.
Prevent Blindness Americarecommends the following to help prevent eye injuries at home:
In case of an eye-related accident, Prevent Blindness America also offers its “First Aid for Eye Emergencies” sticker in both English and Spanish, free to the public. The sticker is designed to conveniently fit inside a home’s medicine cabinet.
For more information on home eye safety and eye protection recommendations, or to request a free copy of the First Aid for Eye Emergencies sticker, call (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.