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Home safety: preventing eye injuries 5/11/2020

At CODET we know the importance of having an excellent visual health, for that reason we want to share some preventive measures that can help you reduce home accidents that can potentially damage your vision.

Among the home activities that can cause eye injuries the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)  highlights the following:

  • Cleaning: Chemicals like bleach can cause 125,000 eye injuries each year.
  • Home Improvement: Tools, screws and particles of materials can be launch into the air and dropped inside or hit the eye.
  • Yard activities: Lawn mowers, trimmers and digging can cause small particles of dirt or debris into the air and get inside the eye.

One way to safeguard your visual health is by being careful at home, here are some examples the AAO provides us of how you can protect your eyes in different situations:

In the house

  • Always read the labels so as not to mix cleaning products and chemicals.
  • When cooking be careful of hot grease or oil splatter, try to use grease shields.
  • When opening bottles of champagne during a celebration, make sure that while unscrewing the cork, wrap a towel or cloth around the top of the bottle, and avoid pointing the bottle towards another person or yourself when opening it.
  • When drilling or hammering something into a wall, be careful of the possibility that the screws, nails or particles can fly into the air.
  • Be careful with curling irons around your face.
  • Place floor mats properly to avoid falls, as well as cover the sharp corners of objects if you have children or elderly in the house.

In the yard

  • Before mowing the lawn make sure there are no rocks, branches or any other objects that can come out when the mower passes over them.

In the garage or workshop

  • Keep the tools in good condition.
  • When working with solvents or chemicals, make sure that all spray nozzles are directed away from you.
  • Be careful of activities that can cause dust fragments or particles to float in the air.
  • Consider that tying down equipment or loads with bungee cords can be dangerous to the eyes when they snap back.

Remember that for all these activities it not only affects you, but also the people who are nearby. Always try to wear eye protectors when doing these types of activities, and in this way you will be able to protect your visual health.



Safety at Home: Preventing Eye Injuries. (2020). From American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

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