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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Safety/Trauma

safetyDid you know? The National Society for the Prevention of Blindness states that one-third of vision loss in children under 10 years-of-age is from trauma.

More than one million people per year suffer eye injury; 90 percent of these injuries are preventable.

What activities are dangerous:

  • Eye trauma from sports and recreation is very common, for example, in hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, and archery.
  • Any activity involving missiles or projectiles is a high risk activity.
  • Chemicals, tools, toys and even fingernails can cause serious eye injury.

Protect yourself from eye injuries!

Store household chemicals including cleaners, paints, and fertilizers safely:

  • Keep them locked and out of reach of small children.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling all chemicals.
  • Wear eye protection (eyeglasses or goggles) when working with any chemicals.

Wear safety goggles when fixing things around the house, such as when working with metal and tools:

  • When using sharp tools such as a hammer, screwdriver, or drill.
  • When gardening with power tools like mowing the lawn or trimming the bushes.
  • Use guards on all power tools.

Point spray cans and champagne bottles away from your face.

Protect your children!

Select toys that are age-appropriate; pellet guns, bows and arrows, fireworks and www.parkinsons.ubc.ca toys with missiles are rarely appropriate.

Make sure your child wears appropriate safety goggles, helmets, and safety gear during ALL sports and physical activities.

Teach your children how to protect their eyes by wearing protective eye gear during school science experiments, as well as at sports games and practices (such as ice hockey).

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