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Know How to Avoid Eye Injuries & Spot Serious Problems


Keeping your vision is critical, but sometimes we become careless about our eyes, postponing checkups or ignoring little signs.

We also become casual in protecting them, forgetting to wear protective goggles or sunglasses. Some signs really are minor, but others are not. Eyes age just like the rest of the body.

You may notice small print is harder to read, or it is harder to see at night when you are driving. Or your eyes may frequently feel sticky and itchy. Seeing the ophthalmologist for regular checkups can resolve most problems. But cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy can steal your vision. So it pays to quickly recognize serious eye problems.

Serious Eye Problem Signs to Report

Harvard Health has compiled a list of the serious signs that need a prompt call to the doctor. Crossed eyes, change in iris color, dark spot in the center of vision, difficulty focusing on near or distant objects, double vision, dry eyes with itching or burning, excess discharge or tearing, cloudy vision, eye pain, floaters or flashers, growing bump on the eyelid, halos around lights or glare, hazy or blurred vision, inability to close eyelid, loss of side vision, redness around the eye, spots in the vision field, sudden loss of vision, trouble adjusting to darker areas, veil over vision, unusual sensitivity to light or glare, wavy or crooked appearance to straight lines.

Important Steps to Prevent Eye Injuries

Eye injuries can happen anytime, at home, on the job or out on the street or in the car. Vision can be instantly damaged or lost. Mayo Clinic tells us how to protect our eyes:

Wear protective eyewear in risky situations. Wear safety glasses with sideguards whenever you are around flying particles or dust, or playing in sports with rackets or flying objects.

Be careful with chemicals and cleaners such as bleach. Read the labels and do not mix products. Keep all of them out of the reach of children.

Monitor your family’s use of tools. Pencils, scissors, forks and knives can quickly damage the eyes. So can bungee cords, wire hangers, rubber bands and fishhooks.

Choose children’s toys carefully. Avoid pellet or BB guns and toys that fie darts, bow and arrows and missiles.

Keep laser pointers away from children. Laser pointers with short wave lengths such as green laser pointers can permanently damage the retina. Never direct the beam toward anyone’s eyes.

Avoid kitchen accidents like splattering from hot oils. Use grease shields. In the bathroom be careful with curling irons.

Remove hazards in the home. Especially for children or the elderly, secure rugs, railings and sharp corners on furniture.

Use car seats and secure loose items in the car that can become missiles in an accident. Never allow a child, age 12 or under to ride in the front seat. Airbags can kill small children in front seats.

Avoid flying corks when opening champagne. Don’t shake the bottle. Point it at a 45 degree angle away from everyone and place a towel over the bottle. Grasp the cork and slowly twist the bottle until the cork is almost out of the bottle. Maintain downward pressure as it comes out of the bottle.

Stay on the alert and keep your vision.

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