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JULY Eye Injury Awareness Month


The key to keeping our eyes healthy throughout our entire lifetime is protecting consistently them from injury and irritation.



Eye Injury Facts and Myths

Men are more likely to sustain an eye injury than women. Most people believe that eye injuries are most common on the job — especially in the course of work at factories and construction sites. Nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries occurred in the home, as reported during the fifth-annual Eye Injury Snapshot (conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma).


More than 40 percent of eye injuries reported in the Eye Injury Snapshot were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third (34.2 percent) of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.

More than 40 percent of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.

Eyes can be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust or objects.


Types of Eye Injuries:

  • Scratched Eye (Corneal Abrasion)

  • Penetrating or Foreign Objects in the Eye

  • Caustic Foreign Substance in the Eye

  • Eye Swelling

  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhages (Eye Bleeding)

  • Traumatic Iritis

  • Hyphemas And Orbital Blowout Fractures



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