Eye injuries can occur in many different ways. They can be caused by accidents, sports injuries, or even by rubbing the eyes too hard. Eye injuries can range from minor annoyances to serious conditions that require medical treatment. Some common eye injuries include corneal abrasions, contact lens irritation, and foreign bodies in the eye. Most eye injuries can be treated at home with over-the-counter medications and ice packs. However, more serious eye injuries may require a visit to the doctor or even surgery.

Causes of Eye Injuries

Eyes are susceptible to injury for a number of reasons. One common cause is trauma, such as being hit in the eye with a ball or other object. Another cause is exposure to harmful chemicals or debris, which can damage the eye and lead to serious injuries. Additionally, eyes can be injured by diseases or disorders that affect the eye itself, such as glaucoma or cataracts. In some cases, people may experience eye injuries due to medical procedures gone wrong, such as botched surgery. Finally, certain activities, such as welding without proper eye protection, can also lead to eye injuries.

Knowing the various causes of eye injuries is important in order to take steps to prevent them. Wearing proper safety gear, avoiding contact with harmful substances, and attending regular checkups with an ophthalmologist can all help reduce the risk of sustaining an eye injury.

Prevent Eye Injuries in 5 Ways

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, around 2,000 American workers suffer from eye injuries each day. These injuries can range from minor irritations to permanent vision loss, so it is important to take steps to protect your eyes while on the job. Here are five tips to help prevent eye injury: 

  1. Wear appropriate eye protection

Eye injuries can occur in any type of workplace, whether you are in an office, factory, or laboratory. It is important to wear the appropriate eye protection to prevent eye injuries. Symptoms of eye injuries include redness, pain, tearing, swelling, and blurred vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. 

To prevent eye injuries, always wear eye protection when working with or around hazardous materials. Make sure that your eye protection is in good condition and that it fits properly. In addition, be sure to follow all safety instructions when working with dangerous materials. By taking these precautions, you can help to prevent eye injuries and keep your eyes healthy and safe.

  1. Make sure that your eyewear fits properly 

It is important to ensure that your eyewear fits properly in order to prevent eye injuries. Eyewear that is too loose can easily fall off and cause potential damage to the eyes. In addition, eyewear that is too tight can also be dangerous as it can restrict blood flow to the eyes. 

Make sure to try on different types and styles of eyewear to find a pair that is both comfortable and secure. Once you have found the right fit, be sure to adjust the eyewear regularly to account for any changes in your face or head size. By taking these simple precautions, you can help protect your eyes from potentially serious eye injuries.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings

Every year, thousands of people suffer eye injuries that could have been easily avoided. Whether you're at home, at work, or out and about, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect your eyesight. In the home, common hazards include chemicals, dust, and small objects that can become lodged in the eye. 

When working with tools or machinery, always wear safety glasses or goggles to guard against flying debris. And when outdoors, be sure to wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays. By taking a few simple steps to protect your eyes, you can help prevent needless suffering and safeguard your vision for years to come.

  1. Never look directly at the sun

Many people believe that looking directly at the sun is safe, but this is not the case. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can damage the eyes. When UV rays come into contact with the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye, they can cause a condition known as photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is similar to a sunburn and can cause painful symptoms such as redness, swelling, and blurred vision. In severe cases, it can lead to blindness.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your eyes from UV damage. First, wear sunglasses or prescription glasses with UV-blocking lenses wherever you go outside. Second, never look directly at the sun; even brief exposure can damage your eyes. If you must be in sunlight, wear a hat or other type of head covering to protect your eyes. By taking these simple precautions, you can help prevent eye injuries from UV radiation.

  1. Seek medical attention immediately

Many people don't realize the importance of seeking medical attention for an eye injury right away. It's often thought that as long as the eye isn't bleeding, it's not a big deal. However, even a small cut or scratch on the eye can lead to serious problems if it's not treated promptly. Without prompt treatment, an eye injury can become infected, causing further damage and potentially leading to vision loss. 

In addition, even a minor injury can cause long-term swelling and scarring. So, if you experience any type of eye injury, it's important to see a doctor right away. By doing so, you can help ensure that your eyes remain healthy and functioning properly.

Protect Your Eyes with BCOM’s Help

Injury prevention is always important, but it takes on extra significance during Eye Injury Prevention Month. At BCOM, we are committed to helping our patients protect their vision and avoid preventable injuries. 

If you are worried about an eye injury, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. The earlier a problem is detected, the easier it will be to treat. At BCOM, we offer comprehensive eye exams and can provide you with the care you need to maintain healthy vision. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.