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Avoiding Eye Injuries in Children

How to prevent eye injuries

Eye injuries affect more than 2.5 million people every year, yet 90% of these injuries are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear. Consider these reminders from Prevent Blindness America for you and your child:

At home or outside:

  • Household products cause more than 125,000 serious eye injuries each year.

  • Wash your hands after using household chemicals.

  • Make sure there are no sharp corners on the edges of furnishings and home fixtures.

  • Wear chemical safety goggles when using dangerous solvents and detergents. Do not mix cleaning agents around or near your child.

  • Turn spray nozzles away from your face and the faces of others.

  • Read and follow directions when opening bottle-tops (for example, wine or carbonated beverages).

  • Read and follow directions when playing games and operating equipment.

  • Provide lights and handrails to improve safety on stairs.

  • Keep paints, pesticides, and fertilizers properly stored in a secure area.

  • Make sure you and your child wear recommended protective goggles, helmets, and safety gear during the appropriate activities.

  • Use guards on all power equipment.

  • Make sure your child's eyes are protected either by a wide-brimmed hat or by wearing ultraviolet-protective sunglasses.

  • Teach your child to never look directly at the sun (especially during an eclipse).

At play:

  • Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 40,000 victims of sports eye injuries.

  • Make sure your child wears recommended protective eyewear during the appropriate sports and recreational activities.

  • A helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield should be worn during the appropriate sports.

With children:

  • Each year, toys and home playground equipment cause more than 11,000 injuries to young eyes.

  • Select toys that are right for the child's age and activity level.

  • Provide enough supervision for your child during activities that use sharp objects (for example, arts and crafts).

  • Do not allow a child to play with projectile toys, such as pellet guns or bows and arrows.

  • Beware of items in playgrounds and play areas that pose potential eye hazards.

  • Keep all dangerous cleaning supplies and sprays out of the reach of children.

  • Keep children away from fireworks.

  • Set an example of using the correct protective eyewear during sporting and recreational activities.

  • Keep children away from lawnmowers in use, as debris may be projected into the air.

  • At school, teach children to wear protective eyewear when performing science or lab experiments.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bogus, William J OD, FAAO
Online Medical Reviewer: Griggs, Paul B., MD
Date Last Reviewed: 9/2/2015
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