Most people do not take precautions to protect their eyes during everyday tasks, but eye injury can occur at any time and everyone should be aware of the potential dangers lurking around the house. Seemingly innocent tasks can pose a huge threat to your eyesight, and this article looks at potential hazards around the home and gives tips on preventing eye injury.


Protecting Your Vision at Home


Those who work with dangerous chemicals or flying objects will already be used to wearing some form of protection for the eyes, but you should also take precautions at home in order to stay safe. It is essential to wear eye protection w hen using harmful chemicals such as bleach or drain cleaner, and a simple pair of sunglasses will offer some protection if you do not have goggles. Wash hands thoroughly after handling chemicals, and avoid touching the eyes or face for several hours afterwards. Children should always be supervised when playing with toys that can potentially cause injury, and parents should avoid letting them play with pellet guns, bow and arrows, and any kind of missile-firing toy. Laser pointers are extremely dangerous and should never be aimed towards the face or eyes even from a distance. When performing DIY around the home, make sure you wear safety glasses even if you are only supervising. Small pieces of wood or paint can easily get into the eyes and can scratch the cornea leading to an infection. Accessories for the correct care and maintenance of contact lenses can be purchased cheaply if you visit online stores such as


What to do in the Event of Injury


If an object gets into your eye, do not rub the eye or apply any pressure as this could cause further damage. Instead, flush the eye out with plenty of water, and then try to open the eye slowly to see where the object is located. Do not attempt to remove it unless you are certain you can do so without causing further injury, and seek immediate medical care if the object is stuck to the surface of the eye or lodged underneath the eyelid. Even if you have successfully removed any foreign object, it is still important to seek medical attention as there is the possibility that it has damaged the surface of the eye. If you come into contact with harmful chemicals, wash the eye out with water and place a patch or sterile gauze over the eye until you are able to seek medical attention. Never apply cream or ointment to the eye unless advised to by a doctor.


Accident prevention is the best way to protect your eyesight, and minimising the risks will ensure you and your family stay safe from eye injury. As well as the aforementioned tips, make sure you exercise caution when out and about as it only takes a second for an accident to occur. Regular eye exams are also an essential part of keeping your eyes healthy as well as avoiding eyestrain through extended use of electronic screens or reading in poor light.


Jon Carson has a passion for optical health. He writes about ways to protect one’s vision and eyes on eye health and vision blogs.

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