We prevent them by taking simple precautionary measures such as wearing protective gear when we’re working with harmful chemicals or power tools, as well as by minimizing any unnecessary hazards we might have around our homes.
All kinds of innocent objects can transform into serious eye hazards in the middle of an accident, from corners of furniture to simple pens and pencils. Even getting a little too close to a skillet with hot oil in it can be dangerous for our eyes. The most hazardous household items for the unwary eye, however, are toys with small parts and cleaning chemicals.
Out in the yard, gardening and work tools, along with debris flying out of a lawnmower, can be dangerous. We should be careful around fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides when we’re keeping our lawns and gardens in their best shape. But how do we protect our eyes from all of these household items?
Here’s an easy checklist to follow to minimize your risk of getting an eye injury at your own home:
Another critical part of risk mitigation is planning ahead so that you know what to do if an accident or emergency does happen. The most common types of eye injuries are when a foreign object or substance gets in the eye or when a foreign body penetrates the eye. If the latter happens, get to the emergency room immediately and don’t try to touch the eye or remove the object. Cover it with something rigid to protect it on the way to the emergency room.
If a foreign object gets into someone’s eye, a hospital trip can still be very helpful, and avoid touching the eye in case it’s worse than it looks. Sometimes foreign objects can be flushed out with water, and the same goes for chemicals. If something splashes into the eyes, flush them with water for 20 minutes to get as much of it out as possible and minimize the harmful effects. (It’s still a good idea to go to the hospital just to be safe.)
If you’d like to share your own eye injury emergency plan with us to see if it passes muster or if you’d like some advice on developing your plan, we’re happy to help. Safety measures like these are especially important in households with young children or someone with limited mobility.