Summer Eyecare Tips
Children under 16 account for 60% of fireworks-related eye injuries.
Almost half of fireworks injuries happen to bystanders. I was personally with a friend in my teens when she lost her eye to an “ash can” fireworks prank.
The fireworks that cause the most injuries are bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers.
In a study done in the United Kingdom, over 50% of eye injuries from fireworks resulted in an eye that was legally blind (less than 20/200 vision).
Bright sunlight causes us to squint which can strain our eyes, but the truly harmful effects of the sun may not show themselves for years. Quality sunglasses prevent dangerous ultraviolet rays from the sun from damaging our eyes. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause the early formation of cataracts, skin cancers around the eyes, and macular degeneration.
With the warmer weather comes an increase in outdoor activities sports, yard work, and just being outside having fun. Sports that involve bats, racquets and fast moving objects rank especially high on the eye injury list. Sports like baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, paint ball, and golf can all cause very serious sight threatening damage to ones eyes. Proper protection with impact resistant polycarbonate lens material is essential. Also, yard work, like mowing the grass or weed whacking, can cause a projectile shot of a rock or stone at such a high velocity that it will cause severe injury to your eye. Make certain to wear protective goggles and that your sunglasses have impact resistant lenses.
Other Articles You May Find of Interest...
- Keep Your Eyes Young and Healthy
- Did You Know Your Cosmetics Can Affect Your Contacts?
- Sports Eye Safety
- Eye Floaters: Treatment Of Vitreous Strands and Opacities
- Treating Astigmatism with Corrective Eyewear: A Guide to Glasses and Contact Lenses for Enhanced Vision
- Eye Allergies
- Lose Years Off Your Face In Just One Hour