You may be surprised to learn that more than 1 million people suffer an eye injury every year in the United States. You may be even more surprised to learn that most of these eye injuries could have been avoided.
Eye Injury Facts and Statistics
- Each and every day, approximately 2,000 workers sustain job-related eye injuries requiring medical treatment.
- Nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries occur in the home. More than a third (34.2 percent) of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.
- 40% of eye injures each year are sports related.
- Men are more likely to sustain an eye injury than women.
For all of these reason, October has been named Eye Injury Prevention Month to help spread awareness.
Eye Injury Prevention Tips
- According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), 90% of eye injuries are completely preventable with the use of protective eyewear (with “ANSI Z87.1” marked on the lens or frame) when performing everyday activities, such as mowing the lawn, using household chemicals, working on your car, etc. Yet, according to AAO, only 35% of individuals wear protective eyewear on a regular basis.
- When working with household cleaners and other chemicals, carefully read the instructions before use. Also, be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
- Even if you take every precaution to ensure you remain safe, don’t forget the risk to bystanders, including children and pets.
- If you experience an eye injury, even if it seems minor, call your eye doctor – optometrist or ophthalmologist – immediately to schedule an eye exam. Or, if the injury is severe, visit the emergency room right away. Eye injuries are serious and require prompt medical attention.
If you have any questions about Eye Injury Prevention or wish to schedule an appointment with Anne Arundel Eye Center, please contact board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, consultative optometrists Dr. Nathan Frank and Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or visiting AnneArundelEyeCenter.com today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube as well!
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.