Each October, the American Academy of Ophthalmologists encourage eye care professionals to remind their patients about taking care of their eyes at home. Between yard work and Halloween, October is a particularly dangerous time for vision. More than one million people per year are affected by an eye injury and 90 percent of these injuries could have been prevented had the individuals been wearing protective eyewear or known the risks in advance. Here are some tips to share with your patients to help them avoid serious injury.
Most people believe that eye injuries are most common on the job — especially in factories and on construction sites. According to an Eye Injury Snapshot survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma, nearly 50 percent of eye injuries occur at home. Home repairs, yard work, cleaning, and cooking caused more than 40 percent of eye injuries. More than a third of those injuries in the home happened in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, or family room.
When reviewing eye health and safety with patients, remember to remind them about these common sources of household eye injuries:
Be sure your patients understand the importance of prescription sunglasses to protect them from ultraviolet light as well. Not only do we carry photochromic lenses, but we now carry Lucyd© Bluetooth prescription glasses and sunglasses. These optical frames offer a unique mix of designer styling, eye protection, and smart features that allow the wearer to listen to music or podcasts, talk on the phone and use voice assistants like Siri and Alexa without having to risk safety by wearing earbuds or headphones while they’re on the go.
To avoid a real-life Halloween horror story – going blind because of a costume accessory – the American Academy of Ophthalmology is again warning the public against wearing costume contact lenses purchased without a prescription. These illegally sold cosmetic lenses may not be sterile and can cause a host of serious eye problems.
In addition to costume-shop contacts, here are other Halloween eye safety tips to share with your patients.
At RandDOptical, one of the nation’s best independent labs, we understand the challenges eye care professionals face taking care of their patients and hope providing these tips makes it easier for you to provide a handout or when your team speaks with your patients. We also have a wide selection of safety frames, such as ArmouRx. Your patients will enjoy the high-quality and fashionable options ArmouRx offers. If you already carry Titmus safety frames, let us replace them (at no cost to you) for ArmouRx frame samples.
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