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Don’t let an eye injury spoil your holiday season

Christmas Tree Tips: Who would think the eye-catcher and focal point of the season, the Christmas tree, could be the very thing to cause you injury? Christmas tree injuries are very common, and should be addressed.

1. Wear eye-protective wear when cutting your tree.

2. Hang glass ornaments out of reach for small children.

3. Do not put gifts too far under the tree for small children.

4. Be careful around the tree, especially when reaching for gifts to not be hit in the eye with a branch.

If your eye is scratched by a Christmas Tree branch, you should call us immediately. Fungus, tree sap, pesticides, bacteria and other harmful material that are often found on Christmas Tree branches can pose a significant risk to your vision .

Toy Tips for Parents: Children so excited to open their gifts and play; the last thing on their mind is eye safety. Unfortunately, toy-related eye injuries are at an all time high in the holiday season according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the injuries are preventable.

1. Supervise children with new toys they may not be used to operating.

2. Avoid buying toys with sharp edges or projectile parts.

3. Choose toys based on child’s age but most importantly, their maturity level.

4. Explain proper use of toys to children before allowing them to find out alone.

Ready to Pop Champagne: Social gathering, spreading the holiday cheer sounds like the ultimate plan. Adults, when ready to pop the champagne remember to be careful. No one wants to be hit in the eye with the cork.

1. Remember to hold the cork down firmly with the palm of your hand while removing the wire.

2. Use a towel and point it away from yourself and others.

3. Keep the bottle at a 45-degree angle.

4. Hold the cork down with the palm of your hand while you remove the wire hood.

Snow Glare while Driving: Those long drives to family and friends during the holidays are necessary but not with that blinding snow glare. It is a misconception that sunglasses are only needed in the summer.

1. Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses.

2. Keep windshield clean for smudges and particles that can distract clear vision on the road.

The holiday season is a joyous time of friends, family and food; lets keep it that way with close attention to eye-safety tips.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT SMOKE VISION CARE!!

Don’t let an eye injury spoil your holiday season

Christmas Tree Tips: Who would think the eye-catcher and focal point of the season, the Christmas tree, could be the very thing to cause you injury? Christmas tree injuries are very common, and should be addressed.

1. Wear eye-protective wear when cutting your tree.

2. Hang glass ornaments out of reach for small children.

3. Do not put gifts too far under the tree for small children.

4. Be careful around the tree, especially when reaching for gifts to not be hit in the eye with a branch.

If your eye is scratched by a Christmas Tree branch, you should call us immediately. Fungus, tree sap, pesticides, bacteria and other harmful material that are often found on Christmas Tree branches can pose a significant risk to your vision .

Toy Tips for Parents: Children so excited to open their gifts and play; the last thing on their mind is eye safety. Unfortunately, toy-related eye injuries are at an all time high in the holiday season according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the injuries are preventable.

1. Supervise children with new toys they may not be used to operating.

2. Avoid buying toys with sharp edges or projectile parts.

3. Choose toys based on child’s age but most importantly, their maturity level.

4. Explain proper use of toys to children before allowing them to find out alone.

Ready to Pop Champagne: Social gathering, spreading the holiday cheer sounds like the ultimate plan. Adults, when ready to pop the champagne remember to be careful. No one wants to be hit in the eye with the cork.

1. Remember to hold the cork down firmly with the palm of your hand while removing the wire.

2. Use a towel and point it away from yourself and others.

3. Keep the bottle at a 45-degree angle.

4. Hold the cork down with the palm of your hand while you remove the wire hood.

Snow Glare while Driving: Those long drives to family and friends during the holidays are necessary but not with that blinding snow glare. It is a misconception that sunglasses are only needed in the summer.

1. Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses.

2. Keep windshield clean for smudges and particles that can distract clear vision on the road.

The holiday season is a joyous time of friends, family and food; lets keep it that way with close attention to eye-safety tips.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT SMOKE VISION CARE!!

Protect yourself and your eyes from fireworks related injury

While many Americans spend the Fourth of July holiday with friends and family, some actually spend their time being medically treated for a fireworks injury. The latest report from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission found an estimated 7,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the Independence Day period. There were an estimated 11,100 fireworks-related injuries for the year. Unfortunately, many injuries are to children. In fact, children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 31 percent of the estimated injuries. Although most injuries result in burns, firework-related injuries to the eye include contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies. Injuries may be so severe that permanent vision loss or blindness may occur.

In the event of an eye emergency, Prevent Blindness recommends:

 Seek help from a medical professional immediately.

 Do not rub the eye. Rubbing the eye may increase bleeding or make the injury worse.

 Do not attempt to rinse out the eye. This can be even more damaging than rubbing.

 Do not apply pressure to the eye itself. Holding or taping a foam cup or the bottom of a juice carton to the eye are just two tips. Protecting the eye from further contact with any item is the goal.

 Do not stop for medicine!

Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Aspirin (should never be given to children) and ibuprofen can thin the blood, increasing bleeding. Take the injured person to the emergency room at once.

 Do not apply ointment. Ointment, which may not be sterile, makes the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.

“Every year, thousands of people are injured due to accidents involving fireworks. These happen in a split second, often to bystanders, and some injuries are so severe that permanent damage occurs,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We urge everyone to leave the fireworks to the experts and to always be vigilant, even during professional displays.”

For more information on the dangers of fireworks, please visit Prevent Blindess Consumer Fireworks information page or call Prevent Blindness at (800)331-2020.

Don’t let an eye injury spoil your holiday season

Christmas Tree Tips: Who would think the eye-catcher and focal point of the season, the Christmas tree, could be the very thing to cause you injury? Christmas tree injuries are very common, and should be addressed.

1. Wear eye-protective wear when cutting your tree.

2. Hang glass ornaments out of reach for small children.

3. Do not put gifts too far under the tree for small children.

4. Be careful around the tree, especially when reaching for gifts to not be hit in the eye with a branch.

If your eye is scratched by a Christmas Tree branch, you should call us immediately. Fungus, tree sap, pesticides, bacteria and other harmful material that are often found on Christmas Tree branches can pose a significant risk to your vision .

Toy Tips for Parents: Children so excited to open their gifts and play; the last thing on their mind is eye safety. Unfortunately, toy-related eye injuries are at an all time high in the holiday season according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the injuries are preventable.

1. Supervise children with new toys they may not be used to operating.

2. Avoid buying toys with sharp edges or projectile parts.

3. Choose toys based on child’s age but most importantly, their maturity level.

4. Explain proper use of toys to children before allowing them to find out alone.

Ready to Pop Champagne: Social gathering, spreading the holiday cheer sounds like the ultimate plan. Adults, when ready to pop the champagne remember to be careful. No one wants to be hit in the eye with the cork.

1. Remember to hold the cork down firmly with the palm of your hand while removing the wire.

2. Use a towel and point it away from yourself and others.

3. Keep the bottle at a 45-degree angle.

4. Hold the cork down with the palm of your hand while you remove the wire hood.

Snow Glare while Driving: Those long drives to family and friends during the holidays are necessary but not with that blinding snow glare. It is a misconception that sunglasses are only needed in the summer.

1. Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses.

2. Keep windshield clean for smudges and particles that can distract clear vision on the road.

The holiday season is a joyous time of friends, family and food; lets keep it that way with close attention to eye-safety tips.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT SMOKE VISION CARE!!

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

These are some of the most common places that eye injuries happen and prevention tips for both indoor and outdoor activities:

In the house– When using household chemicals, read the instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure to point spray nozzles away from you. Many chemicals are extremely hazardous and can permanently destroy the surface of your eyes, resulting in blindness. For this reason, it is very important to use appropriate eye protection to prevent blinding consequences from chemical splashes.

In the workshop – Think about the work you will be doing and wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from flying fragments, fumes, dust particles, sparks and splashing chemicals. Many objects can fly into your eyes unexpectedly and cause injury.

In the garden – Put on protective eyewear before you use a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger and be sure to check for rocks and stones because they can become dangerous projectiles as they shoot from these machines.

In the garage – Battery acid sparks and debris from damaged or improperly jump-started auto batteries can severely damage your eyes. Learn the proper way to jump-start an automobile, and keep protective goggles in the trunk of your car to use for those emergencies and everyday repairs.

Sporting activities–The number one cause of eye injuries in children are sports related.

Visit PreventBlindness.org to learn more about the statistics and how to protect your eyes.

Something you can do today to help protect your eyes and those of your family members is to be certain that you have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear to be worn when doing projects and activities at home to safeguard against eye injuries. ANSI-approved protective eyewear is manufactured to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) eye protection standard. ANSI-approved protective eye wear can be easily purchased from most hardware stores nationwide and can be identified by the mark “Z87” placed on the eye wear. If you need a prescription, our office can provide ANSI approved eyewear with your prescription build in.

ANSI-approved protective eyewear is not approved for use in sports.

 

 

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