October is Home Eye Safety Month, and Lehmann Eye Center encourages East Texans to take the necessary safety measures to prevent painful and costly injuries.
Of the estimated 2.5 million eye injuries that occur each year, more than half happen at home. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 90 percent of all eye injuries are preventable with proper precautions. Lehmann Eye Center strongly encourages the use of proper safety eyewear when working in the yard, performing home repairs or using hazardous solvents or detergents. Safety goggles protect the eyes from particles, dust, flying debris and chemical splashes. Regular eyeglasses don't provide enough protection against injury, so safety goggles that are made to be worn over regular corrective lenses are available.
You can reduce the risk of eye injuries in children by avoiding toys with sharp or rigid points, especially flying toys and toys that fire projectiles. Be aware of age recommendations and keep inappropriate toys away from younger children.
If you or a family member experiences an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention. Don't rub or touch the eye, don't attempt to remove debris from the eye and don't apply medication. If the injury is caused by a chemical, thoroughly flush the eye with water. In case of a blow to the eye, gently apply a cold compress.