safety glasses, goggles, or face shields when you work
with power tools or chemicals or do any activity that might cause an object or
substance to get into your eyes. Some professions, such as health care and
construction, may require workers to use protective eyewear to reduce the risk
of foreign objects or substances or body fluids getting in the
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 baseball, hockey, racquetball, or paintball that involve
the risk of a blow to the eye. 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 help determine what
type of protective eyewear is needed.
Eye injuries are common in children, and many can be
prevented. Most eye injuries happen in older children. They occur 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. Laser toys or pointers can cause eye damage if the laser is pointed at the eye.
Teach children about
Be a good role model—always wear eye
Get protective eyewear for your children, and help them
use it properly.
Teach children that toys that fly should not be
pointed at another person.
Teach children how to properly carry
sharp or pointed objects.
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.
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November 14, 2014
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