The American Academy of Ophthalmology has sponsored this month long awareness with the support of ophthalmologists across the nation to prevent eye injuries. Join the Eye Michigan team in recognizing Eye Injury Prevention Month by increasing awareness on how you can protect your eyes increasing the longevity of your eye health.
Why Eye Injury Prevention Month Matters
We are born with a single pair of eyes, so it is important for us to pay full attention to their health and performance throughout our lives. This month long campaign supporting the prevention of eye injury highlights methods we can all use to reduce the likelihood of injury.
Paying attention to how we protect our eyes plays a major role in promoting healthy vision. Wearing protective eyewear is the easiest way to prevent eye injury. Protective eyewear reduces the chance of injury by 90%. Surprisingly, over 40% of eye injuries are the result of sports and recreational activities. Wearing protective eyewear during these fun activities reduce their threat to your eye health.
Preventing eye injury also involves the use of good judgement. It is important to remain cognizant of your surroundings and the implications of your daily activities. Daily activities such as food preparation, recreational activities, and use of machinery all pose threats to our eye health. While using machinery, be sure to use specified operating protocols to avoid unnecessary exposure to danger.
Similar to wearing a seatbelt while driving, considering your eye health should be the first thing prior to engaging in high risk activities. Many eye injuries are preventable. If you have experienced trauma to the eye, go to the emergency room or see your eye doctor for an immediate examination.
A proactive approach to preventing eye injuries is the best method of protection. To learn more about eye injury prevention, we welcome you to visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website.