NHM Health Focus: Preventing Eye Injuries
The images posted (scroll down for graphic views) by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are reminders of what can happen when eye safety is ignored. While eye protection on the job and in sports has reduced the number of traumatic eye injuries, there is much more to be done. Fifty thousand people lose their sight needlessly every year. Thousands of eye accidents happen each day; 90 percent of these are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear. (Prevent Blindness America)
Eye injuries may be sudden and traumatic as when the eye is hit by flying objects, splattered chemicals, or intense light. Eyesight can also be damaged when your eyes get too much ultraviolet light during water or snow sports, arc-welding or using a tanning salons.
Education programs, online resources, traveling exhibits, and public service announcements all help make people aware of eye injuries -- how they occur, what can be done to prevent eye injuries, and in the event of an injury, how to minimize long term effects. Here we highlight a few of the best resources online
Organizations Dedicated to Eye Health and Safety
For general information on the eye and eye health, please see
Eye and vision resources posted on Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum web site: