Accidental Eye Injuries
 

 

Despite eye care education given in schools, accidental injuries to the eyes still cause a surprising portion of incidents of blindness. About 90,000 people — most of them children — lost their sight to blinding accidents last year. Tragically, many of these might have been prevented with a little care. You can protect your own vision and the sight of your family if you:

  • Keep scissors, knives, pens and other sharp or pointed instruments out of your baby's reach.
  • Examine toys before you let your child play with them. Ask yourself, is he/she really old enough to play with this safely?
  • Teach older children careful handling of archery equipment and BB guns.
  • Supervise play activities of your own children and their playmates whenever possible.
  • Make sure the child who must wear glasses is fitted with shatterproof lenses.
  • Protect adult eyes too - by wearing safety goggles if your job requires them.
  • Recognize that vision damage can occur as the result of a blow to the eye or a black eye. Consult your doctor as a precaution.
 

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