NY eye doctor Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York alerted us about the need to be thoughtful about eye injury prevention. “As an eye physician and surgeon I think it’s important to discuss eye protection and eye injury prevention with patients. Protecting your eyes-even for what seems like ordinary daily activities is a good common sense first step,” remarked Dr. Wolter. “For example, when we go out to mow the lawn, jump-start the car or get ready to do some fall cleaning, the last thing we think about is protecting our eyes. I encourage patients to take a minute and think about what they might do for eye protection before beginning-I ask them to make it top of mind.”
Some ordinary situations and activities that warrant a bit of extra thought about protecting one’s eyes include handling household chemicals, such as cleaning fluids, detergents and ammonia. “These liquids are extremely hazardous and can burn the eye's delicate tissues,” noted Dr. Wolter. When using chemicals, always read instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure spray nozzles point away from you and others before spraying. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after use.
Another area to be sensitive to is the potential for eye injury when doing yard work. Before using a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger, check for debris. Stones, twigs and other items can become dangerous projectiles shooting from the blades of a lawnmower, potentially injuring your eyes or those of innocent bystanders. Prevention is the first and most important step in avoiding serious eye injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate protective eyewear.
October has been designated Eye Injury Prevention Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. If you or someone you would like to learn more eye injury prevention or have experienced an eye injury, please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters
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