October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Updated: Nov 3

Almost half of all eye injuries occur at home each year, so we probably shouldn't ignore them when doing our daily activities. According to the Mayo Clinic, several common household activities can result in eye injury:

  • Using household chemicals or bleach

  • Hot grease or oil splatter

  • Drilling or hammering

  • Lawn and garden care

  • Securing items to racks

Every year, about 100,000 school-aged children visit a physician for eye injuries. Eye protection is necessary for sports like baseball, basketball, hockey, racket sports, and cycling.

Although darts, paint ball guns, and BB guns may seem like toys, they can all cause serious injuries, including blindness. Talk with your children about how to use these items carefully and wear protective eyewear. Key Health Care can help, by giving access to low-cost family plans for affordable eye exams and protective eyewear. Prevent eye injuries and keep your eyes healthy by taking these recommended measures:

  • Use protective eyewear when doing projects at home, when working outside and for sports.

  • Wear sunglasses that provide 97-100 percent UV protection, when you spend time outdoors.

  • Make sure you and your family get regular eye check-ups and screenings.

  • If you have a chronic disease like diabetes, follow through on any physician recommendations related to eye care.