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Did you know that most eye injuries occur in the home? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma, nearly half of all reported eye injuries are caused by activities at home such as routine repairs, yard work, cleaning, and cooking. Over a third of those injuries happen in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living, or family room.
What's the best way to prevent injury? You guessed it—wear eye protection! The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma now recommend that every household have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear for use during projects and activities that may present risk of injury. VSP members can select from the ProTec Eyewear® safety glasses collection, all of which are certified according to ANSI requirements. Simply find an eye doctor near you who sells ProTec Eyewear® frames with lenses engineered to meet ANSI and OSHA safety guidelines.
"Wearing some type of eye protection is often the first line of defense in avoiding eye injuries," says Joel Kestenbaum, OD, a VSP eye doctor at Optix Family Eyecare in Long Island, NY. "Safety glasses and other sports glasses come in a variety of styles and sizes, so make sure to find the right type of protection before beginning any project."
You can't prevent all eye damage, so here are some guidelines in case you're faced with an eye injury.
The first rule of thumb when you have any eye injury is to avoid touching, rubbing, or putting any kind of pressure on your eye. "Even if the injury seems mild, there may be internal damage to the eye," says Dr. Kestenbaum. He recommends that you visit your eye doctor as soon as you can in any case.