Keeping Your Eyes Safe at Home
Home improvement projects pose danger to vision
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ (October 1, 2016) – Home is a place we think of as a refuge, but when it comes to the eyes, home can be a very dangerous place, according to Dr. Barbara Tarbell.
“Every year in the US, more than 125,000 people suffer injuries to the eyes in and around the home,” Dr. Tarbell said. “Most of these could be avoided by wearing proper eye protection.”
Activities that are potential sight hazards include:
- Mowing and trimming
- Operating power tools
- Using hazardous chemicals or household cleaners
- Spreading fertilizer
“October is Home Eye Safety Awareness Month, and we encourage people to remember their eyes when working around the home,” Dr. Tarbell said. “For those who don’t require vision correction or wear contact lenses, we recommend ANSI-approved safety glasses available at hardware stores and home improvement centers. For those people who wear eyeglasses, our office can prescribe safety glasses that meet ANSI standards.”
Dr. Tarbell is the owner and practitioner of Advanced Eyecare & Vision Gallery located at 305 Omni Drive in Hillsborough, NJ and is a member of Vision Source.