The Eyes Have It
Workplace eye injuries are on the decline due to good worker safety practices. But accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries every year — and 90% of them are preventable, according to Prevent Blindness America.
Follow these tips to protect your peepers:
- Use sunglasses to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays (select glasses that block 99%–100% of UV rays)
- Wear safety goggles when handling hazardous solvents and cleaning agents, mowing the lawn, or using power tools
- Cushion sharp edges around the house — such as the stove exhaust fan and cabinets
- Keep walkways well lit and clear of obstructions to prevent falls
- Poor diabetes control can lead to blindness, cataracts, and glaucoma — if you have diabetes, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions; if you don’t, stay physically active, make smart nutrition choices, and maintain a healthy weight.
Review the handy eye safety checklists for adults and children at Prevent Blindness America.