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How to Protect your Eyesight Anytime, Anywhere

Updated on January 2, 2013

Accidents happen anytime, anywhere and without prior warning. Many people have lost their eyesight at work, while playing sports, on the road, and for an unfortunate few, in the comforts of their own home. There is no telling when the next eye injury or disability ought to happen, but what you can do is to take certain measures to protect your eyesight from danger.

According to the Vision Council of America, most eye injuries occur at the workplace. A modest percentage of eye injuries are easily amended; however, around 75% of eye injuries occurring at work are permanent, such as the loss of sight and eyesight degeneration.

You don’t have to be a victim to permanent eye injuries. Although these accidents are unpredictable, there are still things you can do to protect yourself from retaining wounds that are irreparable.

The most effective way to protect your eyes is to wear protective gear whenever necessary. If you do construction work, or if you are involved in an occupation that puts you at high levels of risk, make sure to wear your protective goggles often. Your protective goggles may not be much, but they can prevent minute projectiles, some of which may be harmful, to enter your eyes and cause itchiness, redness, or worse, eye injuries.

Aside from wearing your protective gear at work, wearing the right pair of reading glasses when reading or when going about your day to day tasks can also protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun. If you want to be extra careful when it comes to UV radiation, wear sun readers or sunglasses that double as reading glasses.

Sometimes, eye injuries are caused by our own doing. A simple eye injury could worsen and become a serious injury that may trigger a series of eye ailments. For example, when projectiles or dust enter your eyes, it is unadvisable to rub or itch your eyes with your hands. Itching or rubbing your eyes will only aggravate what could have been a curable situation.

When you experience or feel any discomfort in your eyes, refrain from rubbing your eyes; instead, go under the shower or faucet and flush out the dust, dirt or projectiles on the surface of your eyes with water. “Washing” your eyes is an even better cure than itching or scratching.

Finally, when working on the computer, it would be wise to take your gaze off of the monitor for a few minutes, stand up, walk around and look at a distant object to maintain your eye’s depth perception.


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