Summers are filled with opportunities for lasting memories—but you don’t want a trip to the emergency room to be one of them. This summer, it’s important that you take extra precautions to prevent an eye injury, as July is National Prevention of Eye Injury Awareness Month.
While swimming, be wary of pool toys like torpedoes that could seriously damage an eye if precautionary steps aren’t taken. Be sure the kids wear goggles when swimming underwater to also protect their eyes from hazardous pool chemicals.
July will bring plenty of fireworks displays—but even an evening of hot dogs, music and celebratory fireworks can end in disaster. Never stand too close to a lit firework, keep glass out of the way, and consider wearing protective eye goggles for the more power-packed fireworks.
Wear effective sunglasses to prevent burned corneas or damaged eyesight.
Summer is also a time for home projects. Be sure to wear proper protective eyewear to avoid flying debris like wood chips, nails, etc.
Summer sports, especially with kids, can be hazardous to the eyes. Prevent a serious eye injury by wearing protective gear in sports like softball, baseball or even activities like paintball.
Bugs are especially prevalent during summer’s many outdoor activities. Be careful not to spray bug spray near or into the eyes. The same goes for sunscreen—any sort of chemical in the eyes is never a good thing.
Anything from pool toys and chemicals to fireworks and bug spray could end in a painful or costly eye injury. Be sure to take the extra steps this summer to avoid a trip to the emergency room during National Prevention of Eye Injury Awareness Month!
If you do experience an eye injury that cannot be flushed out with water, contact Valley Eyecare Center for all your eye care needs.