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Eye Injuries (cont.)

Is It Possible to Prevent Eye Injuries?

Most eye injuries can be prevented with safety glasses or other forms of eye protection such as full face shields often seen with motorcycle helmets or even welder's shields.

  • People should wear safety glasses whenever they operate power tools, such as drills, saws, or power washers; when using a hammer; or when mixing or spraying chemicals.
  • Welder's goggles or face masks should be used when using an arc welder. A common scenario for ultraviolet keratitis in welders is that the welder lights his or her torch with the welder's mask up and then flips it down after the torch is lit.
  • Eye coverings should be used by people in tanning beds or in tanning booths, but it is best to completely avoid tanning, indoors and outdoors, to reduce chances of developing skin cancers or skin damage.
  • Do not rub the eyes.
  • Never look directly into the sun. When outdoors on bright, sunny days, wear good quality sunglasses. This will reduce the amount of ultraviolet exposure to the eyes. This is particularly important when there is significant reflective glare, such as at the beach, reading in the sun, on the water, or in snow-covered areas.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/22/2016

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