The month of October is unique for many reasons: the leaves change colors, pumpkin decorations go up, and Halloween movie marathons premier every night. But did you know October is also known as Eye Injury Prevention Month?
I don’t have to tell you how important your eyes are, but so often we accidentally neglect to keep them safe from injurious situations, many of which can be found in the home. Many believe that eye injuries are most likely to happen at the work place, such as construction zones and factories.
While workplace eye protection is completely necessary, eye protection at home is just as important, because 44. 7 percent of eye injuries actually take place within the home.
Potential Situations for Eye Injury at Home
Here are a few things to pay attention on while going about your daily routine at home to keep your eyes happy and healthy:
Most Important Way to Prevent Eye Injury
Almost 90 percent of eye injuries could be avoided if people wore proper eye protection. Protective eyewear with “ANSI Z87.1” marked on the lens or frame is recommended for the best protection and can be easily purchased from most hardware stores.
If an eye injury does occur, it is important to follow these tips:
Follow these hints while at home and keep your eyes safe from injury. And pass the knowledge on to your friends as well, even if it’s not October.