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Eye Protection – Keeping Your Eyes Safe From Harm

Jun 9, 2011

President Obama setting the right example by wearing safety glasses.

Eye injuries are extremely common in the United States; each year 2.5 million eye injuries occur, with 50,000 of them leading to partial or full vision loss.  The unfortunate fact about these injuries is that roughly 90% of them could have been prevented by wearing eye protection.  There is a common misperception that eye injuries happen “somewhere else”, in industrial environments or sport accidents, while the truth is nearly half of eye injuries happen at home.

 So what is the top cause of eye injury?  The American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) tracks eye injuries annually and ranks projectiles as the number 1 cause of injury.  Wearing ANSII rated safety glasses can prevent nearly all of these types of accidents from happening.  So during what home activities should you wear safety glasses?

 – Using a sledgehammer: Last week I was working with my father and he almost took an eye out while removing concrete.  Anytime you are using a sledgehammer while remodeling or working outside, there is a chance that the impact will cause a small piece of the object you are hitting to become airborne.  Always wear safety glasses to prevent an eye injury from this kind of projectile.

 – Woodworking and using power tools: While cutting or working with wood it is important to wear safety glasses.  Saw dust or small wood fragments can irritate or hit the eye, and safety glasses can easily prevent this type of injury.

 – Working under a car or pipes:  Anytime you have to look up at what you are working on, you should wear safety glasses.  It is very easy for dirt or debris to fall down into your eye causing an injury that could be prevented by safety goggles.

 – Mowing the Lawn: This may not seem like an activity to wear glasses on, but you never know when you might run over a piece of debris that can create a projectile.

 Interestingly, most people believe fireworks are a common cause of eye injuries.  In reality, less than 1 percent of eye injuries are caused by fireworks.

 Only half of people surveyed by ASOT reported that they wore safety glasses while doing home or yard maintenance tasks.  Do your eyes a favor, be safe, and get yourself a good pair of safety glasses.

 For more reading about eye injuries, you can visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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25 Responses to “Eye Protection – Keeping Your Eyes Safe From Harm”

  1. Toyota Lease Return Los Angeles - June 10th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Great article to spread awareness. My husband used to change our car oil for years and never wore protective glasses. He got really close to getting oil in his eye one time and ever since then, he makes sure he has them on at all times. You never know what may happen and it’s best to be prepared.

  2. Dan Body Lift - June 10th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Are those safety glasses put to test ?
    How can i be sure i have bought “SAFE” protection glasses ? What kind of label should look for ?


  3. Walking Tours Rome - June 10th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    You can never be too careful! Our eyes go through enough strain each day, we have to protect what we have! Do you have any glasses available on your site?

  4. Patrick - June 10th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Excellent question – You’ll want to see that the safety glasses are given an ANSII (American National Institute Standards) Rating. The specific rating for safety glasses is Z87.1, if safety glasses have this rating it means they have been safety tested under conditions that mimic real world applications, and are approved for industry use.

  5. BJJ Santa Monica - June 10th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Great article. We never really realize what we have until it’s taken away. I was going to ask how we would know if they’re “safe”, but you answered it!

  6. Title Loans - June 13th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Looking good Obama! Guess even the famous people think like us “normal” people. You can never be too safe when it comes to your eyes!

  7. Dematic Conveyor - June 13th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I’ve seen WAY too many accidents at work. Protective glasses are required the minute you step into the warehouse because to be honest, machines aren’t 100% perfect and flawless. With the right inspection and safety precautions, this can ensure your body and mind will be safe.

  8. Patrick - June 14th, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I agree, it’s very important to wear the proper safety equipment including safety glasses when performing work that could damage your eyes. We have safety glasses available at
    or by clicking on the 1st link in the article. Thanks for posting!

  9. Uri Sheinbaum - June 14th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Call me cautious, but I even tell my wife to wear protective goggles when she’s gardening. Hey, anything can happen in life, right? :)

  10. Rug Appraisal Los Angeles - June 15th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    You can never be too careful when it comes to our eyesight. My husband wears them when mowing the lawn and when he trims the bushes.

  11. martial arts - June 15th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Oddly enough I never thought of half this stuff as being hazardous. yet it makes so much sense now that I read this.

  12. Radial Arm Saw - June 23rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have some expirience in working with different types of saws. You know, the sawdust really is a problem. Every woodworker will agree with me. It gives you no chance if you are working witout glasses.

  13. Beard Trimmer - June 28th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Totally agree with author. I can add that eye protection is quite reasonable to use also in welding.

  14. Flexible Solar Panels - July 28th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I’m one of the 2.5 million unfortunately :( I caught a rock right on the eye from a weed whip. My vision was blurry for a week and I had to wear an eye patch. Even writing this comment makes my eyes water, haha. Thanks for spreading safety tips. Hopefully people will take them to heart.

  15. bad debt and finance - August 11th, 2011 at 5:16 am

    This article is really awesome,Letting people about the safety of the eyes,Really every one delay in using safety glasses,but this article explained the use of glasses.

  16. Kate Dawson - August 11th, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I never thought about wearing safety glasses while mowing the lawn, I always thought to wear them for the other 3 activities but it definitely makes a lot of sense to wear them while mowing the lawn as well, who knows what will fly up and hit you, It’s not worth the risk. This is a great article.

  17. Kids Sunglasses - August 17th, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I agree with your opinion. It’s really very essential to wear the correct safety equipment and safety glasses while performing work that could harm your eyes.

  18. Air Purifier - September 26th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Wow! 2.5 million eye injuries a year?!?! Unbelievable.

  19. Landscaper - November 3rd, 2011 at 8:44 am

    This seems like such a simple piece of advice, yet statistics probably show the majority of people don’t wear proper eye protection. I know that when using a string trimmer to edge a lawn, debris is flying everywhere and without eye protection, it would be very easy for something to damage an eye.

  20. Dentist Los Angeles - November 9th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Good points about eye protection! Obviously eyes are very delicate and should be taken care of. I am guilty of not wearing protective glasses when moving the lawn and though I’ve been lucky thus far I have had a couple of close encounters with pebbles. Going to grab some glasses after reading this!

  21. Therapist New York - November 11th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    It’s so important to protect our eyes, especially if doing tasks where there could potentially be liquids or objects that might hit them.

  22. Los Angeles SEO - November 16th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Safety first!

  23. Pest Control - April 6th, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I have heard that Google XLabs is developing a protective eye wear that allows you to use internet.

  24. garrick buckley - September 26th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    A friend cleaning her oven with a spray on cleaner managed to get some in her eye. Even after flushing her eye under the tap and then having it flushed at the hospital it was still pretty sore for a few days.Needless to say she now wears saftey glasses.

  25. Zartasha - April 28th, 2013 at 7:42 am

    No doubt eyes are the most precious thing, and everyone should take care of them by any means.

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