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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Eye Injury Facts and Myths from the American Academy of Ophthalmology website:

1 Men are more likely to sustain an eye injury than women.

2 Most people believe that eye injuries are most common on the job — especially in the course of work at factories and construction sites. But, in fact, nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries occurred in the home, as reported during the fifth-annual Eye Injury Snapshot (conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma).

3 More than 40 percent of eye injuries reported in the Eye Injury Snapshot were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third (34.2 percent) of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.

4 More than 40 percent of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.

5 Eyes can be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust or objects. Harmful UV rays are blocked by a clear coating added to the eyewear. Good eyewear will have 100% UV protection, sometimes designated with labels of UV400 or UVA/UVB. Contact lenses are coated with UV protection. Your prescription eyeglasses can also have the coating.

6 Among all eye injuries reported in the Eye Injury Snapshot, more than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury. Of those reported to be wearing eyewear of some sort at the time of injury (including glasses or contact lenses), only 5.3 percent were wearing safety or sports glasses.

Using proper eye protection is very important to prevent or minimize eye injuries. Many occupations have guidelines for proper types of safety glasses for the specific job being done. Be sure to know those guidelines and use the right type of eyewear.

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