Avoiding Eye Injuries At Home
July 7, 2019
July 7, 2019
The importance of your eyesight is immeasurable, which should provide you with the incentive to always make sure that you are not placing yourself at risk of being without it. This reminder presents a perfect opportunity to review the steps that you can take to reduce the risk of experiencing an injury to your eye.
This non-stop safety-oriented approach is unquestionably important in the reduction of risk for any type of incident that involves the eye. While safety regulations concerning the protection of your eyes are usually adhered to in the workplace, accidents in the home provide the source for an increasing number of incidents. It has been estimated that nearly 50% of all eye injuries occurred inside the home.
Causes Of Eye Accidents In The Home
Over 40% of the eye injuries that take place at home are the result of accidents that developed during repairs around the home, yard work, cleaning, and cooking. Over one-third of these incidents occur in the kitchen, living room, family room, bedroom, and bathroom.
While problems that result from the use of tools and chemicals are often the source of problems, they are not the only factors that cause unwanted incidents. Accidents that involve common household products also result in around 125,000 eye injuries each year.
Hot objects such as curling irons can cause accidents, as can cooking that creates splattering grease and even the act of opening a champagne bottle.
Fingernail scratches can also be problematic, while eyes are also susceptible to issues from cosmetic applicators, mascara brushes, and eyelash curlers.
Children can experience accidents due to additional factors, which includes the misuse of their toys, impact from falling out of beds, down the stairs, or against an object, and contact with household products.
Steps To Reduce The Risk Of An Accident
But it is beneficial to remember that injuries at home are avoidable, as there are steps that you can take on an ongoing basis to ensure that your home is extremely safe for both adults and children.
This is the case regardless of whether you are undertaking home improvement projects, undergoing a massive cleaning regimen, or cooking a meal. It is also crucial to maintain a safe environment for your kids to play without danger of an accident.
Precautions that can be taken to protect your eyes from unwanted accidents include the use of protective eyewear for individuals who are utilizing chemicals, such as gasoline, oil, acids, and solvents. It has been stated that the use of this eyewear will prevent 90 percent of eye injuries, which underscores the importance of maintaining one or more pairs of protective eyewear for situations in which a potential source of an incident will be used.
Safeguards are also essential when tools are in use, including protection from materials and particles that can become airborne, such as plastic, wood, sand, and dust. This is not only a must when you are operating the tools, but also for bystanders who might be nearby when any potential hazards are present.
It is also beneficial to read all labels for chemicals and household cleaning products, maintain the condition of your tools and to eliminate the use of any tools that are no longer in good condition. You should also make sure that all pans are shielded from the possibility of spraying toward you and anyone who might be cooking.
Chemicals such as gasoline, oil, acids, solvents, and paints, along with other products such as pesticides, fertilizers, household cleaning products, cosmetics, and kitchen utensils should also be stored securely when not in use, to eliminate the risk that children will locate them. Cabinet and drawer locks should be used to ensure that this process is complete.
You should carefully review the warnings and instructions for all toys, and not keep any toys that contain sharp points or edges.
When To Visit A Doctor
You should seek immediate medical attention if you have experienced a chemical burn, or if you are dealing with pain in your eye from an incident. This is also the case for any vision problems or damage to your eyelid, an abnormal size with your pupil, blood that exists in the clear portion of the eye, or if an object cannot be removed from the eye or eyelid.
There are some injuries that will require immediate medical attention for children, including any substance in his or her eye due to a spill. If this occurs, you should call for emergency medical assistance, and flush the eye with water for 20+ minutes while you wait for the medical help to arrive.
If an object has made contact with your child’s eye, and there is bleeding, or, if your child eyelid cannot open, you should also obtain immediate medical assistance for your child.
If your child’s eye is been injured by a sharp object, you also should call 911, and it is also important that you avoid pushing on the eye or the eyelid.
At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help
In addition to the primary care both preventive care that is available at Rapid Med, we also offer immediate medical attention for nearly all conditions, including eye injuries. Our knowledgeable professionals are available and dedicated to providing immediate assistance seven days a week, which includes attention to all walk-ins. Our board-certified physicians can deliver the same services that are supplied at the ER for a fraction of the cost.
At Rapid Med, our goal is to provide our patients with excellent, timely and comprehensive medical care in a friendly family practice environment with convenient extended hours.
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff is available to treat you seven days a week, with walk-ins always welcome. Because we retain board certified doctors on staff, we offer many of the same services provided at the ER at a fraction of the cost.
No appointments are necessary and patients are encouraged to walk-in for medical care and treatment. The timely assistance that we provide for urgent conditions includes:
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- Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain
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- Fevers – Down to 4 Months of Age
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In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.
Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.