How to Reduce the Risk of Eye Injury at Home

Do you know how to maximize your eye safety at home? Here are a few tips from OptiExpress for making sure you aren’t at risk of eye injury from items around the house. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Nearly half of the eye injuries suffered in the United States occur in the home environment. There are numerous reasons why these injuries occur:

  • We aren’t as vigilant about eye safety at home.
  • We feel more in control of the environment.
  • We don’t notice the hazards.

However, injuries to the eyes are very easy to prevent while at home. Here are a few things you can do to maximize your safety.

Recognize the major threats to eye safety around the house.

Numerous, ostensibly non-threatening objects can accidentally cause significant eye injury: pens and pencils and the corners of furnishings can be considerable hazards. But certain activities, like cooking and cleaning, can also cause eye injuries that you might not initially notice, but can cause damage over time. These include:

  • Persistent exposure to chemicals from cleaning products.
  • Splattering hot oil that can splash into eyes.
  • Exposure to pesticides and herbicides from home and garden pest control.

Here’s how you can make sure your eyes stay safe while performing your normal activities.

  1. Wear protective lenses. Safety glasses or goggles are great tools to have in case you have to perform an activity that involves flying particulate matter.
  2. Secure your rugs and runners. Tripping and falling due to unsecured rug corners is one of the main causes of traumatic eye injury. Make sure all of your rugs are flush with the floor — an adhesive stabilizer can help keep rugs stable.
  3. Make sure your lawn is raked and clean. If you mow your own lawn, make sure there are no objects that can get caught in the mower blades and be sprayed outwards, putting your eyes at risk.
  4. Be careful about cleaning products. Certain cleaning products should never be used together because the chemical reaction is toxic. Always wash your hands after using a harsh disinfectant cleaner.
  5. Never touch your eyes without washing them first. Wear gloves when handling substances that can be irritating to the eyes.

Have an Eye Safety Plan

A significant part of ensuring the risk of eye injury is minimal is having a plan ready to execute in the event of an eye emergency. Because the major kinds of eye injuries involve materials or foreign objects getting into the eye, you should anticipate the best response to different types of injuries and have the medical supplies ready. These may include sterile eyewash and eye patches to protect the injured eye before seeking medical treatment. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and seek medical attention.

At OptiExpress, we are more than happy to help you keep your eyes safe and healthy. If you have concerns about your eye health, please schedule an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation today!

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is among Ft. Myers’s most trusted and respected optometrists, and has practiced in South Florida for more than twenty years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.