safety glasses, goggles, or face shields when you
hammer nails or metal, work with power tools or chemicals, or do any activity
that might cause a burn to your eyes. If you work with hazardous chemicals that
could splash into your eyes, know how to flush chemicals out, and know the
location of the nearest shower or sink.
If you are welding or are near
someone else who is welding, wear a mask or goggles designed for welding.
Wear protective eyewear during sports such as hockey, racquetball,
or paintball that involve the risk of a blow to the eye. Baseball is the most
common sport to cause eye injuries. Fishhook injuries are another common cause
of eye injuries. Protective eyewear can prevent sports-related eye injuries
more than 90% of the time. An eye examination may be helpful in determining
what type of protective eyewear is needed.
ultraviolet (UV) light can be prevented by wearing
sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) rays and by wearing broad-brimmed hats.
Be aware that the eye can be injured from sun glare during boating, sunbathing,
or skiing. Use eye protection while you are under tanning lamps or using
Eye injuries are common
in children, and many can be prevented. Most eye injuries happen in older
children. They happen more often in boys than in girls. Toys—from crayons to
toy guns—are a major source of injury, so check all toys for sharp or pointed
parts. Household items, such as elastic cords, can also strike the eye and
Teach your children about eye safety.
Be a good role model—always wear proper eye
Get protective eyewear for your children, and help them
use it properly.
Teach children that flying toys should never be
pointed at another person.
Teach children how to carry sharp or
pointed objects properly.
Teach children that any kind of missile,
projectile, or BB gun is not a toy.
Use safety measures near fires
and explosives, such as campfires and fireworks.
Do not let your child use laser pointers or laser toys. These can cause permanent eye damage if the laser is pointed at the eye.
Any eye injury that appears unusual for a child's age should
be evaluated as possible child
In this article
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this