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Eyes Wide Open: Tips for Eye Safety

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By: Graham R. Stetson, OD, MS
With the bustling pace of daily life, it's easy to overlook the significance of protecting our eyes. There are countless everyday activities that can cause eye injuries. Regardless of the setting—be it at work, engaging in sports, or at home—being aware and taking precautions go a long way in protecting one's vision.
Eye injuries can occur in any industry, from construction sites to offices to schools. It's crucial for employers and employees to prioritize eye safety measures. Here are some tips:
• Wear appropriate eye protection: Safety glasses, goggles, or face shields may be necessary to protect your eyes from hazards such as flying debris, chemicals, or intense light.  
• Follow safety protocols: Adhere to all safety guidelines and protocols established by your workplace or institution, including proper training on the use of machinery and equipment that could pose a risk to your eyes.  
• Take regular breaks: If your work or studies involve staring at a computer screen for long periods, take breaks to reduce eye strain and dry eye symptoms.
Eye safety in sports is crucial to prevent serious injuries. Wearing protective gear, such as goggles or helmets with face shields, can greatly reduce the risk of eye injuries during sports activities. It is important for athletes to be aware of the risks and take proactive measures to protect their eyes while participating in sports.
Even in our own homes, there are hazards that can lead to eye injuries. Here's how you can protect yourself and your family:
• Use protective eyewear: When gardening, working on DIY projects, or using household chemicals, wear safety glasses or goggles to prevent eye injuries.  
• Keep hazardous materials out of reach: Store cleaning products and other hazardous materials in a secure location out of reach of children to prevent accidental exposure.  
• Be cautious with toys: Choose age-appropriate toys for children and avoid toys with sharp edges or projectiles that could cause eye injuries.
By taking simple precautions and being aware of potential risks, we can protect our vision and prevent eye injuries both at work and at home. Remember, your eyes are irreplaceable, so make eye safety a priority. If you have any concerns about your eye safety or need advice on protective eyewear, consult with your optometrist for personalized recommendations.
For more advice, schedule an eye exam by calling (781) 352-4849 or stop into the office at 696 Washington Street in downtown Norwood.
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