You may not think of your home, workplace or favorite playing field as dangerous areas for your eyes, but it is very common to experience eye injuries in these day-to-day places. In fact, according to the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 1 million people experience eye injuries each year. The vast majority of these injuries could have been prevented with protective eyewear, so think twice before you write off eye protection as unnecessary. Even common places like your house, backyard and car can lead to injuries.
When in your house, the foundation suggests working in a well-ventilated area and being extra cautious while using cleaning chemicals. Accidental sprays in the eye can severely damage the surface of your eyes and even cause blindness. In your yard, make sure to wear protective eyewear to prevent getting hit with a stone while mowing or trimming. Unexpected accidents like these are easily prevented with goggles. In the same way, eye protection is key while working on your car, too. Sparks and battery acid can be devastating to the eye, so be cautious of your vision during those everyday repairs.
The same goes for your workshop, where wood particles and fragments can get lodged in your eye. Finally, always be cautious during sports, particularly martial arts, and never assume that your contacts protect your eyes. Your eye doctor can advise you on the protective eyewear that will work best for you at your next appointment. As the saying goes, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.