Each year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room because of eye injuries. Any type of eye injury is potentially serious. Fortunately, most of them are preventable. You can reduce the likelihood that you or a family member will have to visit the ER by following some simple safety steps. Consider using the following guidelines to improve the safety of your home and workplace.
Wear Protective Eyewear
Protective eyewear is often a smart move both at home and at work. At home, consider wearing protective eyewear while operating power tools and lawn equipment. While using this type of equipment, small pieces of material can fly through the air and strike your face. Choose protective eyewear that fits snugly and features side shields. At work, follow OSHA guidelines regarding protective eyewear. Safety glasses, goggles, and similar devices are strongly recommended for performing work that produces particles and dust, such as grinding, welding, and sanding, and working with cement or chemicals. In addition, consider wearing protective eyewear while enjoying sports activities such as racquetball, hockey, and paintball.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
Whether you are working outdoors or relaxing in your garden, it’s important to protect your eyes from UV light. You can preserve your healthy vision by choosing sunglasses with UV protection.
Modify Your Furnishings
Many people have to visit the ER after slipping and falling in the home, which presents the risk of eye injuries in addition to fractures. Pick rugs with nonskid backs to reduce the risk of an injury and subsequent ER visit. Choose furniture with rounded edges or cushion existing sharp edges, particularly if your household includes young children or senior citizens.
Remove Lawn Debris
ER visits due to eye injuries can also be avoided by removing lawn debris. Before you mow your lawn, walk around it and pick up large branches and similar debris. You may also wish to perform outdoor work at a time when there won’t be any bystanders to prevent them from becoming injured.
If you do need to visit the ER because of an eye injury, the board-certified physicians of Palms West Hospital are ready to provide prompt care. Our ER is a state-of-the-art facility that welcomes patients of all ages. To learn more about the services available at our ER, call (561) 798-3300.