How to Protect Your Eyes While Outside this Summer
Summer is here! Yard work, outdoor activities, and spending time outside tend to define this time of year. But, did you know many outdoor activities like these pose a significant threat to your eye safety? Mowers, weed eaters, and even rotor tillers can throw dirt and debris in the air. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that Americans suffer annually happen in and around the home. And how many Americans wear protective eyewear during such activities? Well…only about 35 percent! Below are some tips to help protect your eyes this summer and keep you from an emergency trip to your Toledo Ophthalmologist or Optometrist.
Tips to Help Protect Your Eyes this Summer
Wear Eye Protection
While you are working outside, make sure to wear the proper eye protection to keep you safe. Sunglasses are always an option, but when doing yard work, they are not the best option. If you are mowing, using a weed eater, or doing similar yard activities wear safety glasses with side protection to keep any dirk, bark, or debris from entering your eyes. If you are applying fertilizers, pesticides, or other yard chemicals, wear goggles. Always choose protective eyewear with “ANSI Z87.1” marked on the lens or frame. It simply means the protective eyewear meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 safety standard. You can find these in most hardware stores.
Wear a Face Shield
Depending on the outdoor activity or yard work you are doing, you may need to take your protection a step further by wearing a face shield. Face shields are considered secondary protection and should be worn in addition to safety goggles or eye protection.
Use Eye Drops
During the summer, your eyes may be irritated by the wind, spending time in the pool, or seasonal allergies. To prevent chronic dry eye you should use eye drops to help keep them lubricated.
Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Regular eye exams can help detect any eye problems at an early stage. Early detection means you can potentially have treatment before any permanent damage to your eyes. At Vision Associates, our Ophthalmologists are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medications and perform eye surgery. Our Optometrists can write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
For more information on how to protect your eyes during the summer and eye protection recommendations, contact Vision Associates at 419-578-2020. To see an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist, request an appointment online.