Before grabbing a bucket of garden tools and firing up the trimmer, make sure to wear proper eye protection. Over 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable, so remember these eye safety tips when working in the yard this spring:
- Wear safety goggles at all times when working outside. Choose eye goggles that create a seal around the eyes to keep them fully protected.
- Examine safety glasses and safety goggles for cracks and tears. If the condition is questionable, replace them.
- Leaf blowers blow more than just leaves. Make sure that no one is around you when clearing out flower beds, especially children. Leaf blowers can dislodge dirt, debris, and small rocks easily and can cause eye injuries.
- Plants can carry diseases, so protect the hands with gloves and avoid touching your eyes.
- When spraying chemicals, wear a mask as well as safety goggles.
- When finished with lawn work, shower immediately. Pollen and mold can cause eye irritation and aggravate eye allergies.
Make the most out of the mild spring weather and enjoy the time outside. Follow safety precautions and preserve your vision (source Safety Glasses USA).
If it has been over a year since you have seen an ophthalmologist, make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam. A full eye exam with dilation will ensure that your vision is clear and your eyes are healthy.
Many eye diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have no symptoms in the early stages, but they can slowly deteriorate your eyesight and make you more susceptible to falls and injury. Visit an eye doctor today for a vision health check-up.