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Eye Injury Prevention: Facts & Tips To Keep You Safe

Eye Injury Prevention: Facts & Tips to Keep You Safe

Almost all eye injuries could have been prevented if the individual wore protective eye wear.

How many times have you worked on a project at home or at work that you knew could potentially harm your eyes and you didn’t wear safety goggles or glasses?

When things get stuck or poke you in the eye, more often than not, wearing protective eye wear could have prevented the injury.

Eye injuries often occur from trimming hedges, carpentry, crafting, yard work, crazy gluing an item, bleach or chemical splatter, and cookng oils to name a few.

More than 40% of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.

Additionally, sports outdoor activities, and falling contribute to a mjaority of eye injuries. When you’re at home, preventing falls is critical, but they normally take one by surprise, so falling and hitting your eye on the corner of the end table may not be something you know will happen in advance. However, keeping area rugs and cords out of the way can help to prevent such issues from happening. If you are someone that has balance issues, using a walker or cane can help immensely.

Sports and outdoor activities may also result in unexpected eye injuries. Getting hit in the eye with a ball is common or getting jabbed in the eye by an elbow or fist is unfortunately also widespread when it comes to sports.

Protecting your eyes prevents injury.

Whether you’re exercising, playing sports, doing home maintenance, or suffer from balance issues, wearing protective eyewear can prevent numerous eye injuries and save your vision. Dr. Duane Wiggins is a board-certified Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon with Quigley Eye Specialists. Technology leaders in eye care, Quigley Eye Specialists specializes in cataracts, laser cataract surgery, glaucoma, LASIK, dry eye, eyelid surgery, retinal issues, corneal conditions, facial plastic surgery and routine eye care. The practice has served the region for more than 30 years with locations throughout South Florida including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Miami, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, North Port, Sarasota and Venice. To learn more ways to keep your eyes healthy, visit or the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® website.

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