Whether you’ve been hit with a baseball or splattered with grease and your eye has taken the brunt of the injury, you need help fast. Dr. Diana Zabarko, optometrist with Avant Garde Vision Center in Wayne, New Jersey, schedules time during the day to handle eye emergencies. Call the office or go online to book an appointment when you have an eye emergency; Dr. Zabarko will see you right away.
You might think you’re completely safe at home, but almost half of all eye injuries happen there. Cooking on your stovetop, handling household chemicals, and using hand tools for repairs are just a few potential hazards. Yard work -- mowing the lawn or using a power edger -- may also cause eye injuries. Are you ready to put on protective glasses? Keep them in a handy place so it’s easy to reach them while you work.
Sports activities produce many eye injuries, and send 42,000 people to the emergency room each year. Sadly, about 13,500 become blind. Baseball, martial arts, basketball, and hockey produce the most injuries.
Eye injuries also happen on the job. If everyone who is exposed to risk of eye injury wore eye protection, experts believe that 90% of the injuries could be prevented.
Seek treatment right away if you experience an eye injury. Call Dr. Zabarko or go to the emergency room.
Depending on the eye issue you’re experiencing, follow these steps help prevent further injury:
Wear protective eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certifies protective eyewear. Select protective glasses with "ANSI Z87.1" on the lens or frame. You can purchase these at any hardware store.