October in Texas brings that cooler weather we all love and many begin work on DIY (do-it-yourself) home projects. People don’t realize how often injuries to the eye take place at home while not wearing protective eyewear. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the US each year with 50,000 people permanently losing part or all of their vision.
Ophthalmologist Thomas Henderson, M.D. explained, “In my years taking emergency calls, I have seen many unfortunate and preventable injuries, some of which caused permanent, major loss of sight. It always seems to be the ‘one time’ you did not wear the protective eye wear that causes these horrible things to happen.”
Many know eyewear is a must while mowing or trimming the lawn, but even the most mundane tasks require eye protection. Splashes from household cleaners, solvents or paints can also cause eye injury. Individuals who believe their own prescription glasses are enough protection are mistaken. In fact, wearing just your prescription glasses may cause further injury. Many safety goggles or glasses fit over regular glasses, and they absolutely should be worn.
Prevent Blindness America advises people wear protective eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This eyewear will have a “Z-87” logo on the frames. For additional information about eye safety at home, visit preventblindness.org/eye-safety-home.