About 95% of eye injuries treated in Australian hospitals are a result of carelessness and lack of attention to basic eye safety precautions.
The vast majority of eye injuries can be avoided by taking a common sense approach to hazardous activities. Many home maintenance or DIY projects require eye protection.
There’s a lot more to eye protection than just putting on a pair of safety glasses. There are numerous products available in the market, that claim eye safety, but the trick is using the most appropriate safety eyewear for the particular task. By having a good understanding of the different kinds of eye protection, you can make an informed choice and find the solution that is best for you. At Envision Optical our optometrists and optical dispensers understand the options available to ensure your eyes are protected from harm.
Common Causes of Eye Injury:
- Impact –Flying particles or falling objects such as plastic pieces or metal flakes can hit your eye and result in puncture, scratch or bruise
- Dust – sanding or woodwork can cause dust and grit to fly into your eye, resulting in irritation and scratches
- Chemical – harmful chemical vapours, mists and fumes, or liquid chemicals splashing into your eyes, can burn the surface of your eye
- Heat – exposure to high temperatures, molten metal, or hot sparks poses a potential burn hazard
- Visible Radiation – unprotected exposure to an intense light source such as laser can result in retinal burns and permanent loss of vision
- Ultraviolet (invisible) radiation – sources of UV radiation such as welding arc can cause burns to the cornea and conjunctiva, cataracts and retinal damage