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April showers bring… Eye Injury?
April 11, 2017
Did you know 40% of home eye injuries occur while working in the lawn or garden? “Yard work presents a multitude of ways to injure your eyes,” says Dr. Robert Kneece, physician at Providence Associates in Internal Medicine. “Projectiles from lawnmowers and power tools, chemicals in weed killers and paints, sharp objects on plants and foliage, even the sun’s harmful rays pose a risk.”
Now, that doesn’t mean you have to forego the growing labor of love. There are steps you can take to ensure the safety of your eyes outdoors. Dr. Kneece recommends the following:
● Wear safety glasses when using cutting tools
● Wear UV eye-protection for prolonged outdoor activity
● Spray chemicals with a stretched out arm and always away from your face
● Wash hands carefully after using chemicals
● Handle power tools with caution and never remove protective guards from equipment
● Avoid looking directly at the sun
● Keep hydrated to prevent eye irritation
“In the event of chemical contact, flush the eye immediately and remove any contact lens,” says Dr. Kneece. “And if a foreign object becomes implanted in the eye, do not remove it. Seek immediate medical attention.”
After all, if you’re working to make a yard look nice, you want to be able to see and enjoy it.
Dr. Kneece graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and completed his residency at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.