Preventing Eye Injuries:
What You Need to Know

Summer is in full swing, which means that many of us are spending more time outdoors enjoying activities that we normally don't think of as risky when it comes to our sight. July has been officially recognized as Eye Injury Prevention Month and now is a great time to share some useful information to protect your eyes not only during summer activities, but year round as well. Also, depending upon your occupation, protecting your eyes 'while on the job' is critical to ensure healthy vision and comfort.

Regardless of the type of outdoor summer activities you participate in, wearing polarized sunglasses protects your eyes from the sun's damaging rays that can lead to an eye injury called 'photo keratitis'. This condition occurs from prolonged sun exposure and is like sunburn on the front surface of your eye. It actually feels like sand in your eyes and is very uncomfortable. Spending a day at the pool, lake or beach or sailing out on the water without wearing sunglasses is the number one cause. The good news is that the condition subsides, just like sunburn gets better over time. However, this condition is avoidable just by wearing sunglasses, such as the Coppertone, polarized lens.

Did you know that 70% of all eye injuries occur from flying objects? Whether you are mowing the lawn, watching your child's baseball game or work in an environment that requires protecting your eyes, wearing protective eyewear is a must. Reports show that approximately 3 out of 5 people who sustain ocular injuries were wearing the incorrect type of protective eyewear or worse yet, none at all, at the time of the accident. Activities that produce airborne particles such as construction work, power tools and motorized gardening devices are just a few of the potentially hazardous situations that expose unprotected eyes to risk of injury.

Avoiding these dangers is very simple. Make certain you select impact resistant lenses for your regular glasses. With sunglasses, make sure they are polarized and impact resistant and you're doubly protected from solar damage and flying objects. During your annual eye examination, a simple conversation about your lifestyle and occupational needs will help your Doctor prescribe the very best lenses for you.

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