June is National Safety Month. The observance, which is sponsored by the National Safety Council, focuses on wellness and safety tips to reduce some of the leading causes of injury and death. Inspired by National Safety Month, we at Texarkana Eye Associates have some tips to walk you through the basics of eye safety.
According to Prevent Blindness America, approximately 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the United States each year. Almost half of these cases—one million, precisely—result in partial or total loss of vision.
Flying objects, tools, and chemicals are among the most common causes of eye injuries at work. When it comes to eye injuries at home, household cleaners and chemicals account for most of the occurrences. Although good for health, playing sports can be dangerous for your eyes if you don’t wear protective eyewear. In fact, even if you’re not playing sports, you should use protective eyewear when participating in risky activities.
Now that it is summer, we can’t stress enough the importance of wearing sunglasses while you are out in the sun, especially while having a great time at the beach or the lake. Ultraviolet radiation is dangerous not only for your skin, but also for your eyes. Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation can lead to temporary vision loss and cornea damage.
If you suffer an eye injury, you need to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as possible. At Texarkana Eye Associates, we have a skilled team prepared for these emergencies. Call us at 903-838-0783 or check out our website for our locations.