How careful are you with your eyes? Many of us take extra steps to protect our eyes when we are at work or on the athletic field. Do you take the same precautions at home? The truth is, there are just as many dangers at home as there are outside the house, if not more. Of course, regular eye exams in Cape Cod can help maintain the health of your eyes, but using home eye safety tips will also go a long way toward keeping your eyes in top shape.
Use the following tips to protect your eyes while at home. For additional information on eye health and safety, contact your local optometrist.
Use Safety Equipment
Do you have a home improvement project planned? Don’t make the mistake of assuming your eyes will be safe because “it’s just a small project.” It only takes one slip or splinter to permanently damage your eye. Wear safety goggles if you will be working with tools or chemicals. For intense projects, consider using a face shield or polycarbonate safety glasses.
Do you plan to use chemicals to clean your home, complete a project or cultivate your landscaping? Before using any of these products, read the labels. These will instruct you on how to properly use the chemicals, how to properly wash them out of your eye if exposed and what else you might need to do in the case of an accident.
Does your home include any sharp edges on furniture, décor or structural features? In high traffic areas, consider cushioning these edges to protect your eyes from run-ins with corners.
Be sure to buy age-appropriate toys for children. If they play with items that contain small or sharp pieces before their coordination is ready for them, they could injure their eyes.
Do you ever cook with hot oil? Splatters can cause painful burns, including eye damage. If you will be using hot oil to prepare your meal, use a splatter shield.
Even if you are careful with your eye safety, accidents can happen. If you experience an eye injury, seek medical attention. If an object penetrates your eye, do not attempt removal. Cover your eye with a stiff shield and seek emergency care. If your eye is exposed to something, such as chemicals, it should be flushed immediately, and you should call for emergency assistance.
In addition to home safety, regular eye exams in Cape Cod are an important part of protecting your eyes. Your optometrist can monitor your vision and eye health to keep your eyes in the best condition possible.
Would you like to learn more about eye exams or home safety tips? Don’t hesitate to contact your local eye experts at Bayview Optometrics. We offer treatment for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, computer vision eyestrain, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and much more! We also provide eye exams in Cape Cod and offer a full line of name-brand eyeglasses. Reach out to our knowledgeable team today!