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July Is Eye Injury Prevention Month

July Is Eye Injury Prevention Month

July has been officially recognized as Eye Injury Prevention Month. There are approximately one million eye injuries in the United States every year, and 90% of these injuries are preventable. The leading causes of eye injury are work-place accidents, sports accidents, fireworks, yard and workshop debris, and household chemicals.

Prevent Injuries by Wearing Eye Protection

The best ways to prevent injury to the eye is to always wear the appropriate eye protection. In the yard, lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and leaf blowers can throw dust and debris into the eye causing injuries. In the house, household chemicals such as drain cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners, and battery acid can splash into the eye.  

One of the Greatest Threats to Your Eyes Is Invisible

It is also important to know that one of the greatest threats to your eyes is invisible. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer. When you are outdoors, wear sunglasses that are 97-100% UV protection, and choose the kind that wrap around to your temples so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.

Regular Eye Exams Are Also Essential For Maintaining Good Vision

Early detection and treatment of eye conditions are also essential to maintaining good vision throughout all stages of life. Children with a family history of childhood vision problems should be screened before the age of 5. The See to Learn program allows a child 3 years or younger to be screened at no cost if a parent feels that there may be a issue. Any eye problems experienced by children, teens and adults should be seen by an eye doctor.

Adults between the ages of 40 to 65 should have an eye exam every two to three years, and adults over the age of 65 should have an exam at last every one to two years. A comprehensive eye exam can detect eye diseases and conditions in their early stages, before vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment can help to save your sight or the sight of a child or family member.