They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. But they can also be the doorway to serious health issues.
This week Dr. Tedd Mitchell tells us why it's so important to keep a close watch on your eye health. Dr. Mitchell is president of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and this is the President's Prescription.
You may not consider wearing protective eyewear when mowing the lawn or cooking bacon for breakfast, but according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society for Ocular Trauma, nearly half of all eye injuries occur in the home while performing everyday tasks.
Home-based eye injuries are increasing each year, and only 35% of people in the U.S. say they wear protective eyewear when working around the house. Wearing glasses approved by the American National Standards institute can prevent 90% of eye injuries.
To lower your risk of eye injury even further, consider taking these steps:
· Carefully read chemical labels and don't mix products
· Secure rugs and railings
· Cushion sharp furniture corners and edges
· Check lawn for debris that can become projectiles
· Repair or replace damaged tools
· Direct all spray nozzles away from you
· Use grease shields on pans to prevent splattering a severe eye injury is not always obvious right away, and delaying medical attention can result in vision loss.
If you suffer an eye injury, don't touch, rub or apply pressure; don't try to remove a stuck object; and don't apply medication. Have an ophthalmologist or other physician examine your eye as soon as possible.
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