Tennessee Retina strongly promotes eye safety and believes that ocular eye injuries should be taken seriously year-round, and that means protecting your sight whether you're at work, playing sports, or at home doing yard work. With close to 2.5 million eye injuries occurring each year, it's time to be serious about your vision. For example, the importance of wearing the proper eye protection to ward against UV damage is more complicated than you think. UV damage can occur not only by direct UV exposure, but by reflections of the UV by glasses and sunglasses. Chronic UV effects on the cornea and lens are cumulative, so effective UV protection of the eyes such as wide-brim hats or protective coatings on lenses is important for all age groups and should be used systematically.
It's important to understand the risks that come from UV damage and physical eye injuries. Proper precautions should include consideration for protection of the area around the eye, including the lid, as well as the eye itself. Eye injuries are responsible for a large percentage of monocular blindness in rural communities and found to be a major source of visual impairment in the world of industry. Proper counseling from your regular eye doctor is an important step in eye safety. Your doctor can provide information regarding the details of eye injuries for which you may be at risk and talk to you about the possible treatment and precautionary options.
Courtesy of the information provided in this journal article are given to: Ophthalmic Epidemiology, and the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
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