Eye Injury Prevention

It’s summer in Wisconsin again, and all of us are trying to make the most of the beautiful weather.  After all, living in Wisconsin, we know that winter is always right around the corner. 

With the increase in outdoor activities also comes increased risk of eye injury.  Summer sports, lawn care, gardening, and fireworks displays are all enjoyable activities, but there are common sense precautions to take that can save you a trip to your eye doctor or the emergency room. 

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology half of all eye injuries occur in the home.  Wearing protective eye wear can reduce your risk of injury by 90%

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It is important for every household to have at least one pair of ANSI approved protective eye wear.  Protective eye wear should be in place before performing activities with a risk of eye injury.  Common activities include:

  • Use of dangerous chemical like bleach or oven cleaner
  • Drilling or hammering
  • Mowing, using a trimmer or edger, or clipping hedges and bushes
  • Playing sports
  • Using power or hand tools
  • Any projects that cause dust, dirt, or debris to fly around in the air
  • Using bungee cords or other tie downs
  • Using fireworks

In the event of an eye injury, please contact Milwaukee Eye Care immediately to set up an appointment.

Written by Jason Edmonds, M.D.