Earlier this year, leading up the New Year’s Eve holidays, the nonprofit American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) used the potential hazard of flying champagne corks to stress eye safety and continue to raise awareness of eye health and safety information program called EyeSmart, which launched in 2007. Similar campaigns have helped EyeSmart readers in the know on eye safety all year round.
Although it is important to practice safety at events and celebrations, you do not have to wait for a holiday to protect your eyes. Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life. In fact, dangers to your eyes may be closer to home than you think. Nearly half of all eye injuries each year occur in and around the home.
Below are a few basic reminders on practicing eye safety while around the house:
- Secure rugs and railings
- Cushion sharp corners and edges of furnishings and home fixtures if you have children or the elderly in your house
- Check the lawn or the outdoor area where you will be working for debris that can become a projectile
- Keep your tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced
- Make sure that all spray nozzles are directed away from you
- Use grease shields on frying pans to protect from splattering
Put these safety steps into place around the home to diminish the risk of an eye injury for yourself or family members. If you are planning on throwing a Cinco de Mayo party at home in the month of May, brush up on your champagne cork safety by viewing our story published earlier this year on Cork Safety Reminders.