Eye Injuries at Home Send Thousands of Adults and Children to the Emergency Room Every Year
Most Eye Injures Can Be Prevented Through Safety Practices and the Use of Proper Eye Protection
CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2015) –In 2014, more than 193,000 adults and children were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States for eye injuries sustained within the home, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Many of the items that were involved in injuries are commonly used in and around the home, including cleaning supplies, lawn equipment and power tools.
In a recent study, “Age and Consumer Product-Related Eye Injuries in the United States,” published in the Rhode Island Medical Journal in 2014, the data showed that consumer products causing the highest proportion of eye injury visits to the emergency room varied among the different age groups including:
Fortunately, most eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the proper eye protection. Prevent Blindness has declared October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month and offers free information at PreventBlindness.org/eye-safety-home.
Prevent Blindness urges everyone to wear protective eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) when performing household activities. The eyewear should have the “Z-87” logo stamped on the frames.
Prevent Blindness alsorecommends the following to help prevent eye injuries at home:
“When we’re at home, it’s tempting to think we aren’t susceptible to dangers, but most eye accidents happen at home when we’re doing things like working in the yard, cleaning the house or repairing a broken item,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We urge everyone to monitor their surroundings and take the necessary precautions to help ensure the gift of sight lasts a lifetime.”
For more information on home eye safety and eye protection recommendations, call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020.