Safety Corner: Eye safety tips

Many causes of vision problems are preventable. Regular eye exams should be part of women's health routine to minimize risk. — Photo by
Many causes of vision problems are preventable. Regular eye exams should be part of  health routines to minimize risk. — Photo by

U.S. Army Garrison Safety Office

Eye injuries can damage vision and even cause blindness, but most can be prevented. As the weather warms up, it is important to remember that with many outdoors activities such as lawn maintenance and gardening, there is an increased risk of eye injuries.

The use of mowers, hedge clippers and chemicals, such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, can be hazardous.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports there are more than 2.5 million eye injuries each year in the U.S.

This is why it’s so important to follow all manufacturers’ instructions for using tools and chemicals safely. Always wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses or goggles to protect from flying debris and chemicals that can blow or splash into the eyes. Prescription glasses simply do not provide the needed protection.

Also, wearing sunglasses that provide 100 percent ultraviolet protection and a wide-brimmed hat can help protect the eyes from sun damage.

Lastly, should you suffer an eye injury, seek treatment for the injury from an optometrist immediately and follow his or her treatment instructions.

Enjoying budding flowers and plants is one of the most pleasant aspects of spring, but only if you have your vision to see them.

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