With Spring having arrived in the valley this year, much earlier than last, and yard work commencing its time to think about eye safety.
When most people think of safety eyewear they think of work and not home but around 40% of eye injuries do occur around the house. Just give some thought to the things you do around the house that can cause injuries.
Yard work is a major source of injuries. You have rocks, twigs, grass and any number of other things that come flying out from under the lawnmower. A weed eater is a definite source of flying debris, including my favorite…garter snakes. Trimming trees not only do you have the branches and leaves but you have the sawdust and bugs as well. Trimming bushes and simple gardening have the potential for injuries to the eyes.
Home maintenance is also a source of eye injuries. Hammered nails can break and strike the eye, again sawdust or splinters from sawing and something most people don’t think about is trimming a wire, when clipped it can go flying into your eye. Then there are all the chemicals like gasoline, paint, and cleaners that can get splashed into your eyes. Car maintenance is also a bad source for eye injuries.
Today’s safety eyewear is safer than ever with materials like polycarbonate and Trivex. Both are incredibly impact resistant, block UV radiation, and with proper care are pretty scratch resistant. While nobody would say safety frames are high fashion they come in many nice “non-safety” looking styles. Both materials also get rated as “high impact resistant” which is step above normal impact standards. Safety eyewear can be prescription or non-prescription and doesn’t have to be expensive. Hardware stores carry simple non-prescription safety glasses that can be worn alone or over regular glasses that are cheap. Consider what the loss or damage to your vision would cost compared to what a pair of safety glasses cost and there is no comparison.
While no safety frame can prevent all injuries they can help prevent many injuries and may reduce the severity of injuries that do occur.