The vast majority of eye injuries are preventable,
providing precautionary steps are taken.
Eye Safety In Sports. Protective eyewear is essential for children and adults participating in sports or events when projectiles (balls, hockey pucks, darts, discs, fire crackers, or arrows) are involved, as well as in contact sports, such as wrestling. Wearing approved safety glasses, safety goggles, or masks, greatly reduces the risk of eye injuries. Contact lenses are not considered to be protective eyewear. For those involved in water sports, eye goggles, or a diving mask helps protect the eyes from strong pool chemicals, or pollutants in water. Sunglasses, with ultraviolet (UV) radiation filters and polarization protect the eyes from harmful sun rays, and the glare of the sun on surfaces such as water, and snow, in the case of skiers.
Eye Safety At Home. Protection of the eyes is also important in activities such as lawn mowing and trimming, using yard chemicals and house cleaning agents, or while working with power tools. In each case, the use of protective eyewear greatly reduces the potential of eye injury by reducing the likely-hood that a foreign object can enter and damage your eyes. For children, it is important that their activities are supervised, as a great number of child eye injuries are related to the improper use of their toys.
Eye Safety At Work. Many eye injuries are work-related, and usually involve a person who failed to wear the necessary protection for their job, particularly at construction sites and manufacturing plants. For those who work in an office environment with a computer, eyestrain from prolonged screen viewing often leads to fatigue.