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October is Home Eye Safety Month

More than 90% of eye injuries are preventable!

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, most eye injuries can be prevented with the use of proper safety eyewear.

60% of eye injuries happen in or around the home

Since we spend most of our time at home, that is where most eye injuries are going to occur. This might involve activities such as mowing the lawn or weed whacking, where projectiles can be thrown at great velocity. Or maybe you were cleaning the shower and splashed Tilex (with bleach!) into your eyes. Or you might be doing some wood-working in the garage and get a wood splinter in your eye. Or you might be laying under the sink, fixing a leaky pipe, when a piece of metal from the pipe falls into your eye. The possibilities for injuries are endless!

Wear protective safety eyewear

It’s so easy to pick up a pair of safety eyewear at the hardware store while you are making your home project purchase. And they are well worth the $5 or $10 price tag. It can be very painful to get a foreign body in your eye, chemical in your eye, suffer a corneal abrasion, etc. And sometimes, it can require expensive prescription eye drops to heal properly. It’s less painful and cheaper to simply put on those safety glasses in the first place.

If you do sustain an eye injury at home, we can help!

Call our office at 701-663-0313 and we can schedule you for an urgent office visit on the same day you call. We can remove foreign bodies (such as a piece of metal), treat chemical burns on the eye, address a corneal abrasion, or take care of any other issue you may have.


Top image by Alexander Drummer on Pexels (location) used under Creative Commons Zero (CCO) License. Image has been cropped and modified from original. Image rights state commercial use and modifications allowed when image was obtained on 10/15/2017.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.