Tips to Prevent Eye Injuries

Prevent Eye Injuries Long IslandEye injuries can have potentially devastating consequences, and because they can occur virtually anywhere — at home, work or during contact sports — everyone is at risk. At Island Eye Surgicenter, our eye doctors take eye safety very seriously. Here, we share our top tips for preventing eye injuries.

Eye Safety at Home

Two common reasons for at-home eye injuries are accidents that occur during household projects and falls (the latter is especially common among older adults and individuals with low vision).

When performing household projects:

  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris, dust, chemicals and other hazards.
  • Use safeguards on all electrical equipment.
  • Wear protective goggles when using a lawnmower and other heavy machinery.
  • Wash your hands after using cleaning products and chemicals.

If you have vision problems, consider taking the following steps to reduce the risk of falls and other accidents in your home:

  • Get rid of clutter and clear pathways.
  • Install lights and handrails on stairs, in the shower and dim-lit areas in your home.

Eye Safety in the Workplace

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20,000 workplace eye injuries occur each year. Here are tips to safeguard your eyes from work-related injuries:

  • Identify all eye safety hazards.
  • Eliminate hazards or minimize their danger by using machine guarding and following all safety protocols.
  • Wear face masks and safety goggles when handling large equipment, tools, chemicals or other dangers.

Eye Safety During Contact Sports

Sports-related accidents account for a large number of eye-related emergency room visits every year. Experts estimate that up to 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear. Be sure to wear protective glasses or goggles when playing contact sports and when swimming. Wearing a helmet with a polycarbonate face mask can also reduce the risk of injury during high-impact sports.

Sun-Related Eye Safety

Eye damage and disease can also occur as a result of overexposure to the sun. Safeguard your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection, even on cloudy days. Wraparound sunglasses offer the best protection. Avoid staring directly at the sun.

For more tips and information on preventing eye-related injuries, schedule an appointment with Island Eye Surgicenter by contacting our Long Island office today.

Leave a Reply


Island Eye Surgicenter
1500 Jericho Turnpike
Westbury, NY 11590

Tel: (516) 877-2400
Fax: (516) 877-1879

Switch To Mobile Version
© 2020 Island Eye Surgicenter | Privacy Policy


The Island Eye Surgicenter website does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Responses to any questions you submit to the Island Eye Surgicenter website are not to be considered medical advice and do not take the place of a visit to a physician. The contents of the Island Eye Surgicenter website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the Island Eye Surgicenter website ("Content") are for informational purposes only. Reliance on any Content provided by the Island Eye Surgicenter website is solely at your own risk. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment.

Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Island Eye Surgicenter website! If you think you may have a medical emergency, please call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.