Eye Protection

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While getting regular eye exams is important to maintaining the health of your eyes, so too is taking steps to protect your eyes on a daily basis. Every day, you put your eyes at risk for damage in a variety of ways. Not only does the sun emanate harmful UV rays, but dust and other particles can also enter and damage your eyes. However, although we are constantly surrounded by things that pose a threat to the health of our eyes, there are certain steps you can take to effectively protect your eyes.

One of the most important steps to protecting your eyes is to wear sunglasses whenever you are outside for extended periods of time. When buying sunglasses, make sure that they come with a label stating that they are effective in blocking UV, UVA and UVB rays. Most designer, and even some less expensive brands, feature this protection.

While sunglasses are good for everyday eye protection, certain situations may require you to take extra steps to prevent your eyes from being damaged. For example, if you are working with caustic chemicals, welding metal or sanding wood, wear prescription goggles to prevent chemicals, sparks and wood chips from entering your eye.

In this section, we will give you tips for protecting your eyes in a variety of situations. Our articles will provide you with advice for keeping your eyes healthy.

Sun Damage

The sun’s UV rays, intense, invisible waves of energy, are the most damaging aspect of the sun. Not only do these rays burn out skin, potentially causing us to develop skin cancer, but they also enter and do harm to our eyes. Over time, exposure to these UV rays can cause you to develop cataracts (a condition marked by the development of cloudiness on the lens) or photokeratitis (a sunburned cornea).

Although the sun can be seriously detrimental to your eyes’ health, simply wearing sunglasses that block UV rays is sufficient to preventing such damage. While you may be diligent about wearing sunglasses when you go to the beach or spend a sunny day at the park, it’s also important to wear them on hazier days. Remember, just because the ozone layer blocks the sun’s light, the UV rays aren’t blocked and still affect us.

Similarly, if you are practicing snow sports, get protective prescription goggles that block UV rays. Keep reading to learn more about how to protect your eyes from sun damage.

At Work

Depending on your job, you may need to wear protective wear each time you work. For example, those who work on construction, in research labs or anywhere that puts them in contact with flying particles or damaging chemicals should wear prescription goggles.

However, because you can’t always avoid accidents, knowing the proper safety techniques in case a chemical or foreign object gets in your eyes is also extremely important. Whether or not your employer requires you to take a safety course, be sure that you are familiar with how to properly flush out your eye with water, as well as other safety techniques. Read on for more on protecting your eyes at work.

Sports

Because many sports, such as rugby and basketball, are naturally rough and put you in direct physical contact with other players wearing protective for your eyes and other parts of your body is key to staying healthy and preventing injury. Not only can fingers and elbows jab your eyes, but the equipment itself may inflict injuries on your eyes.

As a result, wearing protective goggles in practice, as well as in games and competitions, is a good way to protect your eyes. Keep reading for more on how to protect your eyes when playing sports.