In addition to the two prevention themes we have discussed so far, October is also “EYE INJURY PREVENTION MONTH.” So how do you prevent eye injuries? It is actually fairly easy to do so. Most eye injuries occur at work or while working with some type of machinery. The following three tips will help keep your eyes safe if you will follow them.
- Use proper eye protection, such as goggles, face shields and full respirators. This includes when you are working in your yard or your workshop.
- Know the dangers – be aware of what can cause eye injuries in your work environment and at home.
- Eliminate the hazards before starting work. For example, defenses such as machine guards and work screens can serve as safe guards.
It is also important to know the symptoms of an eye injury. If you notice the signs on yourself, a co-worker or someone at home, get medical help right away. Here are the signs to watch for:
* Obvious eye pain or trouble seeing
* A cut or torn eyelid
* One eye not moving as well as the other
* One eye sticking out more than the other
* Unusual pupil size or shape
* Blood in the clear part of the eye
* Something in the eye or under the eyelid that can’t be easily removed
Take the time, every time to protect your eyes from injury, you will be glad you did.