Home is probably the last place you’d expect an eye injury to happen. But it’s actually one of the most common places people sustain eye injuries, which is why it’s worth taking precautions. In this blog, eyeglasses provider Opti-Care shares an overview of how to prevent eye injuries associated with everyday home tasks.
Accidents involving the use of common household products cause an average of 125,000 eye injuries each year. Here are some of the most frequent causes of eye injuries:
Cleaning Products — Oven cleaner, drain cleaner and bleach are strong products that can cause permanent injuries if they make contact with the eyes. These products generally need to be flushed out with running water, followed by an appointment with an eye doctor.
Cooking — Hot oil on a frying pan can splatter, hitting the eye. Proper frying techniques and practices, such as drying fish or meat, can minimize splattering and popping. Wear protective eyewear just to be on the safe side.
Champagne Bottles — Popping a champagne bottle in celebration is a time-honored tradition. Hitting someone in the eye is not, so mind your aim when popping a champagne bottle.
Hot Objects — Take care when using curling irons near the face.
In the Yard and Workshop
Always wear eye protection when using power tools, whether you’re in the yard or in the workshop. Trimmed plants, dust particles and small objects such as screws can become projectiles. Bystanders should take precautions too. For example, if you are teaching your children how to perform certain tasks, make sure they are wearing adequate protection.
Make sure you know what you’re doing before using a nail gun, staple gun or similar tools. They release fasteners using pressure, which can become projectiles that can cause injury when aimed the wrong way. Exercise the same caution when using pressure washers; never aim the nozzle at your or anyone else’s face. Minimize falling risks by securing rugs and railings and keep small children away from work areas.
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