October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

October 24, 2013

Over 2 million people in the United States suffer eye injuries annually. While some injuries are unavoidable or resultant from accidental occurrences in out-of-the-ordinary situations (eg. car accidents, falls, etc), many of these injuries occur due to negligence in wearing the proper protective eye wear. By and large, men have a higher risk for eye injuries than women (be careful, guys). Nearly half of eye injuries occur at home; a portion of these occur during projects dedicated to home upkeep (like yard maintenance, home repairs, cooking, and cleaning).

Protective eye wear is vitally important; it’s estimated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology that up to 90% of eye injuries could have been prevented or mitigated by safety glasses! Wearing protective eye wear that bears the label ANSI Z87.1 is an excellent step in reducing the risk of permanent damage from injuries sustained to the eyes. While no safety measures are inherently infallible, taking steps to decrease the risk of injury can make the difference between a life-altering injury and minor (or no) damage. Many companies will contribute to, or pay for in total, the cost of safety eye wear.

At Legarreta Eye Center, we have many options for safety and sport eye wear available at all three of our locations; if you would like to make an investment in your eye health, consider purchasing a reliable pair of safety glasses! As always, UV Protection is also important for optimum ocular health. Ensuring that the exposure of the eye to harmful UV radiation is as limited as possible is equally as important as wearing protective glasses during risky activities. Sunglasses may be covered under your insurance care provider (especially if they are dispensed with your current prescription). If you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment for an eye examination, call any of our three locations today!