Optometry News: Home Eye Safety Awareness Month

October is home eye safety awareness month. Each year, 2.5 million people suffer an eye injury. Additionally, 50,000 people lose their sight as the result of an eye injury. Eye injuries are also very costly. It is estimated that $1.3 billion dollars are spent on eye injuries each year. That is why it is important for you to protect your eyes.

Because many of these eye injuries occur at home, Prevent Blindness America has named October home eye safety awareness month. The purpose of home eye safety awareness month is to educate you on how to protect your eyes and avoid costly eye injuries.

Solvents, chemical splashes, household cleaners and paints are examples of some of the things that can contribute to eye injuries. When you are performing household activities, you want to make sure that you wear protective eyewear.

You also want to make sure that you know what to do if you or one of your loved ones suffer an eye injury. Early treatment can help prevent permanent vision loss. Prevent Blindness America offers a first aid course for eye emergencies. Below are some of the things that you can do for common eye injuries:

Chemical Burns

Flush the eye out with water immediately. Hold the eye under a shower or faucet. Make sure that you flush the eye for at least 15 minutes. Flush over the lens if contacts are in the eye. Seek medical attention after flushing.

Speck In Eye

Avoid rubbing your eyes. Use an eyewash or allow the tears to wash the speck out of the eye. If you cannot get the speck out, close the eye, lightly bandage it and see one of the eye doctors in San Diego.

Blows To Eye

Apply a cold compress but do not put pressure on the eye. See one of the eye doctors in San Diego if you suffer reduced vision, pain or discoloration.

Punctures And Cuts 

Avoid washing the eye out with water. Do not attempt to remove the object. Use a rigid shield to cover the eye and seek medical attention.