Eye injuries can be caused by common household products when they are not handled carefully or properly. Many eye injuries are also caused during play, and young children need extra care and supervision while playing. Severe eye injuries can lead to vision loss but most of them can be prevented with a little care.
Here are a few tips to help you protect your eyes.
Keep chemicals away from eyes
Every house holds many chemicals for cooking, cleaning, washing etc. Most of them, including deodorants and perfumes, are harmful for the eyes.
Store them safely out of reach of children
Wear safety goggles when handling hazardous chemicals
Wash your hands thoroughly after using them
Keep nozzles of sprays turned away from you and other people while spraying
Open bottles with care
Be careful while opening bottles or cans of carbonated drinks. The fizz inside may cause a mini-explosion and propel the cap, tab or inner contents with enough force to injure your eye. Read and follow instructions carefully to avoid injury.
Choose round-edged furnishings
Sharp edges are a hazard. They can damage any part of the body and are especially dangerous to the eyes. Choose round and soft edged furnishings for safety.
Many eye injuries happen in the sports field. Any flying object, however small, can cause great damage to your eye with an unlucky direct hit. Wear appropriate protective goggles wherever recommended.
Teach children to paly safely and ensure their toys are child-friendly with soft rounded edges.
Fireworks should be handled only under adult supervision
Fireworks going off near your eye can cause irreparable damage. Never allow children unsupervised while playing with crackers. Ensure all safety precautions are followed correctly to prevent accidents.
Wear googles in the lab
While working in any lab, you will be handling some hazardous substances. Always wear goggles to prevent accidental splashing into your eyes.
Never look at the sun
Wear sunglasses while going out in the sun. Never look directly at the sun, even during a solar eclipse, to prevent damage to your eye.
Take these simple precautions to ensure your eyes stay safe. If you develop any eye problem including redness, pain, watering, itching, frequent headaches or focusing problems, visit our eye specialist for diagnosis and suitable treatment. We provide comprehensive ophthalmology services including paediatric ophthalmology.