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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Monday, October 5, 2015

Nearly 2.5 million people suffer eye injuries each year, and nearly one million people have lost some degree of vision as a result. Most could have been prevented with protective eyewear.

Eye injuries can occur at work OR home. Either way, when you raise awareness of eye protection at work, it will help everyone stay safe at home too. Every should household have some protective eyewear to be worn when doing projects and activities at home at safeguard against eye injuries.

Below are some tips on eye injury treatment, courtesy of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, the best protection from eye injuries is PREVENTION.

For all eye injuries:

  • DO NOT touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye.
  • DO NOT try to remove the object stuck in the eye.
  • DO NOT apply ointment or medication in the eye.
  • See a doctor as soon as possible, preferably an ophthalmologist.

If you get a particle or foreign material in your eye:

  • DO NOT rub the eye.
  • Lift the upper eyelid over the lashes of your lower lid.
  • Blink several times and allow tears to flush out the particle.
  • If the particle remains, keep your eye closed and seek medical attention.

In case of a chemical burn to the eye:

  • Immediately flush the eye with plenty of clean water
  • Seek emergency medical treatment right away.

To treat a blow to the eye:

  • Gently apply a small cold compress to reduce pain and swelling.
  • DO NOT apply any pressure.
  • If a black eye, pain or visual disturbance occurs even after a light blow, immediately contact your Eye M.D. or emergency room.
  • Remember that even a light blow can cause a significant eye injury.

To treat sand or small debris in the eye:

  • Use eyewash to flush the eye out.
  • DO NOT rub the eye.
  • If the debris doesn't come out, lightly bandage the eye and see an Eye M.D. or visit the nearest emergency room.

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