Protecting your eyes from flying debris while tending to the lawn should be an essential precaution. Around 40 percent of eye injuries occur in or around the home, meaning, without goggles, you could be putting yourself at risk in your own front yard.
If you’re not sold on the idea of wearing goggles while mowing or mulching leaves, consider these points:
- Unseen, and often small, objects can easily be propelled from a mower or trimmer blade. This automatically puts your eyes at risk every time you trek into the grass.
- According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, flying objects or particles are responsible for approximately 70 percent of all eye accidents.
- Around 9,000 adolescents under 18 years old endure a lawn mower-related injury every year.
- Eye goggles are easily accessible and can usually be purchased for less than five dollars at your local hardware store.
The slight discomfort with and few dollars spent for a pair of goggles is a small price to pay in order to protect your vision and keep you safe in the yard this summer. Consult your ophthalmologist for more advice on protecting your eyes at work and at home.