Did you know that almost half of eye injuries occur at home? Your home should be a safe haven, not a place where your health and safety is at risk. Keep reading to learn more about protecting your eyes at home.
Risks At Home
The first step to preventing eye injuries at home is to be aware of the risks. Common risks include:
- Cleaning with chemicals
- Cooking foods with hot oil or grease
- Opening champagne bottles
- Burns while using a hair straightener or curling iron
- Slipping or falling
- Mowing the lawn or using a weed cutter
- Drilling or hammering into hard surfaces
- Cutting or sanding wood
- Securing items with bungee cords
- Using fertilizer and pesticides in the yard
- Using power tools
These are just a few of the things that put your eyes at risk. The following tips can help you protect yourself and your family.
1. Always Wear The Appropriate Safety Gear
One of the simplest and most important ways to protect your eyes from injury is to wear the appropriate safety gear. You should wear goggles or safety glasses when you are working with wood, metal or power tools. If you’re welding, you’ll need protection not only from projectiles, but also from bright lights. Be sure you always have the right safety equipment before you start a project.
You should also wear safety glasses when working in your yard—particularly if you are mowing grass or trimming weeds. If the project you are working on could send objects flying into the air you need to be wearing safety glasses.
In some situations appropriate safety gear may also include swim goggles or sunglasses. If you have a pool at home, it is wise to use swim goggles to protect your eyes from irritation and infection. Sunglasses are also important because they protect your eyes from sun damage—just be sure to choose a pair that actually block UV rays.
2. Check The Area Before You Start Your Project
Before you start working on a project, check for safety hazards and things that could end up being projectiles. For example, if you are going to mow your lawn, check first for rocks and sticks that could fly up and hit you in the eyes.
3. Be Careful With Chemicals
Some household chemicals can cause eye irritation and others can cause serious, permanent damage. Take a few steps to protect your eyes from hazardous chemicals:
- Wear safety goggles if there will be fumes that could irritate your eyes.
- Wash your hands after using chemicals to clean your home and avoid touching your eyes.
- Store chemicals in a locked cabinet that children cannot reach so that they can’t accidentally injure themselves.
- Always read the labels on cleaning supplies and other household chemicals and follow the instructions precisely.
4. Secure Or Remove Trip Hazards
While you may not have considered it, falling can sometimes result in serious eye injuries. Take steps to prevent trips, falls, and injuries around your home. Secure rugs, install railings near stairs, keep cords out of the way, keep your workspace clean, and pad corners and sharp edges to prevent as many injuries as possible.
You should also reevaluate the safety of your home if you’ll be having a very young child or an older family member staying at your home since they can be more prone to falls and injuries.
5. Be Careful While Cooking
The biggest dangers to your eyes while cooking are probably hot grease and oil. Protect your eyes while you cook by using a grease shield or a lid. You can also go a step further by wearing safety glasses whenever you cook with something that could splatter hot oil or grease in your face.
6. Keep Your Eyes Healthy
While avoiding injury is incredibly important, vision can also be lost if you don’t keep your eyes healthy. Healthy eyes are also going to have a better chance of recovering from an injury.
Keep your eyes healthy and strong by:
- Eating a balanced diet so you get the nutrients your eyes need
- Replacing your eye makeup frequently to avoid spreading germs
- Taking breaks from the computer screen to give your eyes a break
- Washing your hands often and avoiding contact with your eyes to prevent infections
- Wearing your prescribed glasses or contact lenses
- Reading with plenty of light so you don’t strain your eyes
- Visiting your eye doctor for regular checkups
Your home can be a safe place for you and your family if you follow the tips above. For more advice about protecting your vision, visit VSP Direct.