It’s important to take steps each day to protect your eyes from injury
and illness that could lead to long-term vision problems. If you do experience
an eye injury, seek
emergency care as soon as possible. Often, fast treatment can prevent further complications.
Keep your eyes safe each day with these tips.
Wear Protective Glasses
Anytime you’re doing an activity that puts your eyes at risk, you
should wear protective glasses or goggles. Wear protective eyewear when
playing sports, operating tools, or working with chemicals. Protective
glasses can dramatically reduce your chances of experiencing an eye injury
that could compromise your vision. Be sure to select the right kind of
protection for the activity you are doing so you can the maximum benefit possible.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Rubbing your eyes allows you to transfer infectious material from your
hands to your eyes. These infections can be absorbed into your body through
the mucous membranes in your eyes and can cause anything from a mild case
of conjunctivitis to serious infections like HIV, herpes B virus, and
avian influenza. It is best to avoid touching your eyes at all. If you
must touch them, such as to remove contacts, be sure to wash and dry your
hands thoroughly. Washing your hands frequently throughout the day will
also reduce the risk of infection that could occur from inadvertently
touching your eyes.
Sunglasses are much more than a fashion statement. They also protect your
eyes from harmful rays that can cause photo keratitis, macular degeneration,
and skin cancer on your eyelids. Choose sunglasses that offer UVA and
UVB ray protection. Look for glasses that are labeled as such or that
carry a seal of effectiveness.
Don’t put your vision on the line. Take precautions daily to protect
your eye health, and if a problem does occur, visit
West Hills Hospital for emergency care. In addition to emergency care in West Hills, we provide
a range of patient services, including cancer care and burn care. To learn
more, please call (818) 676-4321.