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LEARN TO PROTECT YOUR EYES BOTH AT HOME AND ON THE JOB
The Month of October Recognized as Eye Injury Month and Home Eye Safety Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2,000 people in the United States experience an eye injury each day, while nearly 2.5 million people suffer
an injury to their eyes each year. With the month of October being designated as Eye Injury Month and Home Eye Safety Month, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, a nationally-recognized ophthalmologist and corneal expert at Clearview Eye & Laser Center
in San Diego – encourages patients to take extra precautions to protect their eyes both at home and on the job.
“With the holidays approaching, now is the time that people are most apt to try and complete chores and unfinished tasks around the house, and strangely enough, the time when they are most prone to eye injuries,” said Dr. Feldman. “While many may think that eye injuries predominantly occur at the work place, half of all eye injuries actually occur at home, and so taking extra care and precaution could mean the difference between a safe and fun activity and a trip to the emergency room.”
According to the CDC, approximately 70 percent of eye-related injuries in the workplace are the result of contact with an object or equipment. Approximately 26 percent of cases are due to exposure to a harmful substance or environment. A few of the injury sources include chemicals or chemical products, scrap waste and debris, parts and materials, and welding torches. “We live in a very fast-paced society today, and don’t realize how very important it is to take a breath and try to reduce the “frantic” speed that truly creates “very unnecessary eye accidents that so many of us have unfortunately become accustom to ,” said Dr. Feldman.
To help protect eyes both at home and at work, Dr. Feldman suggests the following tips:
- Yard/garden work – When in the yard or garden, remember to wear some sort of eye protection when operating a lawnmower, edger, or trimmer.
- Chemical storage – Store chemicals such as pesticides, paints, or fertilizers properly to help reduce the risk of having them tip over and splattering and splashing into the eyes.
- Playing sports – Remember to wear protective eye gear when playing sports such as hockey, paintball, racquetball, or any sport that might present potential for an eye injury. Studies have shown that wearing protective eyewear can help reduce sports-related eye injuries by as much as 90 percent.
- Welding – Especially when welding, be sure to wear protective eyewear and make sure the eyewear is designed specifically for welding.
- Chemicals – When working with chemicals, be sure to read the instructions carefully. Always wear protective eyewear and know how to flush chemicals out of the eyes in the event of an accident.
- Power tools – When operating power tools such as power saws or sanders, always wear protective eye gear and be sure you know how to operate the power tool correctly as recommended by the manufacturer.
About Dr. Sandy T. Feldman
As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman has participated in FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK. Currently, she is involved in studies of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease in which the fitting of contact lenses can become challenging. In 2009, she was one of ten laser eye care providers in the U.S. to receive the Goldline Award as seen Forbes Magazine. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf award, and in 2011, she was awarded Top Doc San Diego, inducted into the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and was one of nation’s 15 leading laser eye surgeons as seen in Newsweek magazine. In 2013, Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center was voted best LASIK center in San Diego by CityBeat Magazine. Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.