Every year during October, Home Eye Safety Month, it’s helpful to review a few reminders about protecting and preserving your sight, and the sight of your loved ones, especially around the house where so many eye injuries occur.
According to Prevent Blindness America ’s 2013 Cost of Vision report, more than $1 billion is spent annually in the U.S. eye injury related costs, most of which injuries are preventable by wearing proper eye protection in and around the home.
A 2011 report from the American Academy of Ophthalmology states that more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year with 50,000 of those leading to permanent or partial vision loss.
To prevent such injuries, PBA is urging the public to wear ANSI approved protective eyewear, which can be identified with a “Z-87” logo stamp, during household activities such as lawn mowing, cleaning with chemicals or painting.
Prescription glasses-wearers should wear safety glasses or goggles that fit over regular glasses, as regular eyeglasses do not always provide enough protection and may even cause further injury upon impact, the organization said.
When it comes to the little ones, PBA reminds you that there are many common objects in the home that can cause serious eye injuries to children. Teaching kids about eye safety is one way, and using eye protection for risky tasks is another.
Take a good look at these PBA home safety tips to help keep everyone safe in the:
Bathroom and Kitchen
- Teach children not to run around with forks, knives, combs or toothbrushes.
- Keep detergents, cleaning supplies, nail polish remover, mouthwash and makeup in locked cabinets or out of reach.
- Set a good example by wearing eye protection when using ammonia-based cleaning supplies.
- Keep clothes hangers in the closet.
- Don’t allow children to play with small, pointed or sharp toys or objects in bed.
- Don’t allow young children to use combs, brushes or hairspray unless you watch or help them.
- Teach children to put toys away.
- Keep toys for older kids away from younger kids.
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