September is Sports and Home Eye Safety Month

Each year, thousands of people experience an eye injury while participating in athletic activities or cleaning and cooking to mowing and repairing around the house. Ninety percent of eye injures can be prevented through understanding, safety practices and the use of proper eye protection.

Take the following steps to protect yourself and your children from such eye injuries:

• Wear proper safety goggles with polycarbonate lenses.
• Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.
• Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.
• Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing and wear safety glasses.
• Keep paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and similar products properly stored in a secure area.
• Wear chemical goggles to guard against exposure to fertilizers, pesticides and when using hazardous solvents and detergents.
• Read and follow all manufacturer instructions and warning labels.
• Do not mix cleaning agents.
• Keep your tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced.
• Know that regular eyeglasses don’t always provide enough protection.

Understandably, we cannot prevent all injuries from occurring. If you should experience an eye injury DO NOT rub or touch the eye, DO NOT apply medication to the eye, and DO NOT attempt to remove any debris from the eye. If the eye injury is caused by a chemical in the eye, thoroughly flush the eye with water. For all eye injuries seek medical attention immediately.

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