Eye_safetyDid you know that there are over one million yearly eye injuries that occur at home? Although we always like to think we’re being careful, it’s a good idea to make sure that we’re being as safe as we can, especially at home. October is Home Eye Safety Month, so we’ve listed a few tips to ensure that you stay safe this fall!

Eye Safety at Home

Cooking—Whether you’re grilling for game day or baking a cake for a birthday party, eye safety is a must, especially in Arizona, where the air is dry. Even if you’re just frying bacon on the stove, you can get a flare-up that may land in your eye if you aren’t careful. Make sure to keep your eyes sufficiently away from any hot surfaces, as they can cause serious damage to your eyes!

Cleaning—If you’re mixing chemicals or using cleaning chemicals, such as bleach, make sure to keep your distance. To be safe, wear goggles or large glasses to protect your eyes from any contact with chemicals. If you end up getting anything in your eye, make sure to wash it out and then seek medical attention. Also, be sure to keep any pesticides and fertilizers in a secure area that is safely stored, as their fumes can affect your eyes.

Avoid tripping hazards—Loose rugs, cords, and stairs are all tripping hazards that you may not even think about when you’re walking through your home. Unfortunately, if you fall, your eyes may be at risk.

Wash your hands—Your hands carry all of the dirt, dust, and debris that you encounter on a daily basis, so it’s important to keep them clean. Always remember to wash your hands before touching your face.

Of course, if you’re going out, sunglasses are a must! To learn more about eye safety, contact one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center by calling (602) 955-2700 or by visiting our website.